Say Yes to Jesus


March 25, 2021 


WORD of the DAY 

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. (Luke 1: 38)

How shall I live this Word?   

Today is the feast of the “Yes”. Mary’s “Yes”, first of all, and her prompt and total response to God’s plan for her but also the “Yes” of every vocation heard, accepted, and lived in its radicalism. It is the “Yes” of the spouses who remain faithful to their choice of love, despite the difficulties and falls, forgiving each other, and welcoming each other, and re-welcoming each other every day. It is the “Yes” of mothers and fathers who accept their children as they are, and recognize them, always and in any case, and even with tears, as a gift from God and the fruit of their love. It is the “Yes” of the elderly who realize that their strengths are diminishing but accept their limitations and their discomforts with serenity because they feel they participate in the suffering of Jesus and are ever closer to the definitive encounter with Him. It is the “Yes” of those who lose loved ones and hands them over with faith to the love of the Father, knowing that, despite the detachment, we all remain in His loving embrace. It is the “Yes” of priests and consecrated persons who give their life to God to put it at the service of others, without ifs and buts, forever. It is the “Yes” of each of us who at every moment joyfully repeat our adherence to the will of the Father and to His dream of love for each of us.

Teach us Mary to repeat every day together with you and with gratitude our yes to the vocation to which we are called and to follow it with joy.

The Voice of  Pope Francis, Vocation Day 2018

The Lord continues today to call us to follow Him. We must not wait to be perfect in order to respond with our generous “here I am”, nor be afraid of our limitations and our sins, but welcome the voice of the Lord with an open heart. Listening to it, discerning our personal mission in the Church and in the world, and finally living it in the today that God gives us. 


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