Today, we celebrate Mary. The Gospel reading this day shines light on Mary’s extraordinary call from God through the angel Gabriel. Mary received the gift of salvation in Christ from this very moment. Because, besides Jesus, Mary is unique in all humanity for being born without sin, she is held up by the Church as a model for all humanity in her holiness and willingness to accept God’s plan for her.
Every person is called to recognize and respond to God’s call, to their own vocation, in order to carry out God’s plan for their life and fulfill the mission prepared for them since the beginning of time.
Mary’s “May it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38) response to Gabriel is the response required of all Christians to God’s plan. This can be a challenge.
In our world sometimes it is easier to take a nap, skip Mass, repost gossip, and share hurtful things. But God is calling each and every one of us towards him. Each of us has been created by God to fulfill a particular mission in life.
This could be a large calling such as being called to be a doctor or to try out for the varsity team. Or it could be a quiet, gentle calling such as being called to eat lunch with our classmates who always sit by themselves or helping pick up books that someone has dropped in the hallway.
In big ways and in small ways like Mary we are called to say yes to God’s calling in our lives.
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the great joy of God’s gift to humanity in Mary, and it recognizes more clearly the truth that every human being has been created by God to fulfill a particular mission that only they can fulfill.
This week in prayer, thank God for his love and mercy and ask him to help you be like Mary and say yes to God. Then take some time to quietly listen for God’s call in your own life. You may want to listen to reflective music, or God’s creation in nature or simply just in the silence of your own space.
What are the things in your life that you are currently saying yes to? What are the things in your life that you are currently saying no to?
God’s Word, Your World! 2017–2018 © 2017 Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications. All rights reserved. Orders: 1-800-933-1800. Written by Kenzie Meagher Wilson in consultation with Jeffrey Kaster. NABRE © 2010 CCD. Permission to publish granted by the Most Reverend Francis J. Kane, dd, Vicar General, Archdiocese of Chicago, on September 19, 2016.