March 25, 2014
SOLEMNITY OF THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD
Isaiah 7-10, 14; 8:10 * Hebrews 10:4-10 * Luke 1:26-38
What does it take to accomplish great things? Intelligence, resilience, exceptional skills, wealth, power? We know the names of historical figures, but many of us cannot relate to them. Are great things only for a few people? In God’s perspective, though, the question is: what is the greatest thing that can be accomplished? It is the salvation and redemption of humanity. What does it take? A simple “Yes.”
God asked Mary to choose his plan and to welcome in her womb and her life the Word himself. Mary didn’t question God’s plan, nor her worth or capacity to fulfill it. She simply and courageously said: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”
We too are called to accomplish a unique mission, essential to the history of salvation, and therefore great. But the key that opens our hearts is our “Yes;” he needs all of us, qualities, weaknesses, defects, and fidelity in every little thing that constitutes the fabric of our daily lives. The secret? Forgetting about ourselves and keeping our eyes fixed on the Beloved for whom everything is possible.
- Are we ready to say “Yes” to God from the moment we get up in the morning, and as we go about our commitments and duties of the day?
- Do we believe that great things can be accomplished by God in and through us, remembering that the Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed hidden in the details of our daily lives?
Sister Celestina Menin
Sister Celestina Menin is an Apostle of the Interior Life Sister at St. Mary’s Catholic Center.
St. Mary's Catholic Center will post a daily reflection from a student, former student, or staff member every day of Lent. We have compiled these reflections into a handout, given to our students on Ash Wednesday.