Today we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord. We recall the angel Gabriel visiting Mary and telling her the good news that she will bear the son of God. Mary says “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:36-37)
Arguably the most important “yes” in human history was given by a 14 year old devout Jewish girl from Nazareth. Without her faith in God, Jesus may not have been brought into this world. Ask yourself, do I have that kind of faith in God? I know sometimes I struggle to let go and relentlessly hold onto circumstances out of my control.
During our desert experience this Lent, spend more time alone listening to God and searching for the courage to say yes to whatever he tells you. It may be to stop next time you walk past the dusty Bible on your bookshelf and read whatever page you open too. Maybe instead of passing past an occupied room in your house, you stop and see how that person is doing even if you just saw them.
More importantly now than ever during this pandemic we must continue to say yes, search for courage so through our yes we can bring Jesus into this world.
Father, help us seek your voice and instructions so we can help you bring Jesus into this world. Amen.