Friday of the Thirth Week of Advent
In a difficult situation, I will pray a "Hail Mary," asking Mary for help in being faithful.
Lord, I know by faith that these are some of
the most important moments of my day. I freely open my mind, heart and will for you to do as you
please, because I know you can desire and do only what is good for me. I know that you will give me
the grace to do whatever you ask of me and that you will always accompany me. That is enough for
Lord, give me the grace to do your holy will.
Pleasing God through the Small, Daily Tasks:
The angel Gabriel finds Mary doing nothing
extraordinary, but rather doing ordinary tasks like washing clothes, sweeping, getting water, doing
the same daily prayer as every devout Jew. But in doing the ordinary she is doing what is pleasing
to God. Her example should be our guide. Work can be an ordinary means of holiness. Man, as Pope
John Paul II said, "not only transforms nature, adapting it to his own needs, but he also
achieves fulfillment as a human being and indeed, in a sense, becomes 'more a human being'"
(Laborem Exercens, no. 9). We please God when we do our duties, fulfill our responsibilities,
work to meet our basic needs. While we may not be doing something extraordinary at every moment, we
still praise and glorify God when we undertake the ordinary with love. If an angel were to come
looking for me, would he find me doing my daily tasks lovingly?
2. "Do Not Be
Mary "was greatly troubled and pondered what sort of greeting this might be." When
God presents us with his plan, we too might be afraid. We may not fully understand what he has in
mind. It can seem that his plan is too great for us. But when God wants something from us, he shows
us that it is not beyond our reach. As with Mary at the Incarnation, God will make it happen and
will provide all the grace necessary for its completion.
3. "May It Be Done to Me
According to Your Word"
When Gabriel clarifies Mary's mission and illustrates that with God
all things are possible, Mary makes an act of faith. Her act of faith is what the Second Vatican
Council terms the 'obedience of faith'. The obedience of faith "is to be given to God who reveals,
an obedience by which man commits his whole self freely to God, offering the full submission of
intellect and will to God who reveals, and freely assenting to the truth revealed by Him" (Dei
Verbum, 5). God supplied Mary with his grace and did not abandon her; nor will he abandon us.
When we do what God wants and cooperate with his plan, he will support us. He will accompany us as
we carry out his will and bring his plan to fulfillment. God's will is our holiness, and when we do
his will we help God to make us saints.
Conversation with Mary:
Mary, teach me
how to do God's will as you did, so that I
can remain in his company. I want to do his
though at times I know that it may seem difficult or impossible.
Ask your son for the grace of perseverance for me so that I, too,
cooperate with the Lord, whether he is asking something
of me that is ordinary or
In a difficult situation, I will pray a "Hail
Mary," asking Mary for help in being faithful.