Lord, you are the author of life and of love.
You wish to draw me closer to you, and yet I seem to find so many ways to escape from you. Forgive
my dullness and coldness of heart. At least here I am now, hungry to know you and love you more and
more. Heavenly Father, help me to decide once and for all to strive for
1. God Makes the First Choice:
When we read the Old Testament we
marvel at the many accounts of people chosen by God to fulfill a certain mission. We are familiar
with the calling of the prophets Isaiah (cf. Isaiah 6), Jeremiah (cf. Jeremiah 1), Moses (cf. Exodus
3), and so on. Mary is the New Testament prototype of God's calling. In all cases, God is the one
who takes the initiative; he sends his messenger to communicate his choice. For Mary, the humble
girl of Nazareth, this calling comes unexpectedly and is beyond purely human possibilities. For this
reason she is troubled by the words of the angel Gabriel and wonders about the greeting he gives. Do
I keep in mind that God's plan for my life comes of his own initiative? Have I given my answer yet?
Lord, help me to cooperate with you fully in putting into action your 'golden' blueprint for my
2. A Case Presented to Confirm Freedom:
God doesn't want Mary to act blindly;
he wants a response that involves her whole heart, mind and soul. For this reason the angel Gabriel
answers Mary's questions and concerns, which do not manifest doubt but, rather, humility in seeking
to understand God's will. God created Mary free of sin and filled her with grace and goodness. Yet
he respects her freedom to choose to do his will. What a mystery that the all-powerful God who
created all things and who lovingly cares for us should be so generous in respecting our freedom!
Lord, keep me from abusing my freedom in willfully subjecting myself to the slavery of my passions:
pride, vanity, sensuality.
3. Holiness Is Just a "Yes" Away:
After hearing God's
messenger, Mary must give her answer. She does so with flying colors. Her generosity perfectly
echoes God's. Every moment of the day is a new opportunity for us to imitate Mary's excellent
example. She dedicated her life to saying "yes" to everything God asked of her, no matter what it
was. She was rewarded with the grace of the Assumption. Only saints get into heaven, so we need to
dedicate ourselves to following the path of holiness, too. That means giving a simple, humble "yes"
to every opportunity provided by God to become more Christlike. Lord, give me the courage to offer
you my life as a blank sheet of paper, so you can write whatever you wish upon
Conversation with Christ:
Jesus, I know that you are calling me to be more
you today! I know this is not an easy task, but you
will give me the
grace to achieve such a high ideal.
I need to trust you and to see everything as
you send my way to help me achieve my goal of holiness.
Grant me the
grace, motivation, and continued good
examples of others to be generous like Mary, your
I will take a moment to encourage another person to
strive for holiness, too. In a special way, I will be mindful to encourage young people to be open
to the consecrated vocation, should the Lord be calling them.