A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 1:26-38

The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his Kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

REFLECTION: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

The Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord is today. The impossible was asked of Mary, " Do not fear, Mary, for God has found favor with God." Mary accepts with great humility and God assumes a human condition. And humanity begins a relationship with God and our future will be forever changed.

Do not fear was told to the apostles and it is being told to us now during this pandemic. It is normal to fear when we are alone and not assured of being helped. But God says over and over again, "Be not afraid" for in God we have all our strenghth.

Every day we are asked by God to say, "Yes". Yes to His will, Yes to His love and Yes to our neighbor. May we continuously answer as Mary, "Behold, I am the servant of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your word".

God Bless

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