Father, all-powerful God, your eternal Word took flesh on our earth when the Virgin Mary placed her life at the service of your plan. Lift our minds in watchful hope to heart the voice which announces his glory and open our minds to receive the Spirit who prepares us for his coming. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.
What a prophecy at the time of Isaiah of the Blessed Virgin Mary's calling from God. In today's reading we reflect upon her "YES" to the angel Gabriel's request to bear God's son. It was foretold long ago, yet it seems as if it were yesterday.
We take this time of year to reflect upon God's will in the life of a special woman whom he chose to bear his son. A son who is named Emmanuel which the name implies "God with us." Mary found favor with God because she loved him and kept him always within her sight.
Our Blessed Mother has also become a mother to us throughout the years, for her love and goodness. We all cherish her in our hearts, for her love for God and her love for her Son. What mother would not go to the ends of the earth to bring peace for the sake of her Son. And Mary does exactly that.
She had the courage to say yes to an Angel, to be overshadowed by the Holy Spirit. Could we do that if it was asked of us? If we were asked to do God's will by his messenger what would our answer be?