She said yes. How excited when this is an answer to a marriage proposal? There is such joy and happiness when this happens. That moment of certainty when all is right with the world. There is a great unity between two people.
Today we celebrate a very important yes. Mary said yes. She said yes to God. She agreed to be the Mother of God. As the world waited with anxious anticipation, the Blessed Mother said yes.
One might think that this would be a moment where everything then went her way. She uttered a word heard around the world, on earth and in heaven. It shattered the darkness of sin. She said yes. But it did not all go her way.
In fact, there was little that went her way. Forced to travel while pregnant. Giving birth in a barn. Her newborn baby’s life was threatened. A prophecy that her heart would be filled with sorrow, pierced with a sword. Losing Jesus, not always understanding him, watching him die.
But through it all she says yes. Not just the event we celebrate today. That was certainly not the only time she said yes to God. Over and over again she said yes to God. Whether or not she understood, she said yes to God.
In the midst of these troubled times, we are invited to say yes to God. Not just this morning, or this afternoon, or this evening. Not just today or tomorrow. We are called to say yes to God always.
There are certainly for many a lot of ways we are called to sacrifice. When God asks, he wants our yes because it brings us closer to him, who only wants our good. Today, say yes to God.
Let us pray.
Dear Jesus, each day of our lives, every moment, we are asked to say yes to you. Your mother did so every day of her life. We ask for her prayers to help us to imitate her dedication in always following you. Help us to be open, especially during difficult times like this to say yes to you. We know you suffered and died for us, and your redeemed us by these actions. As we celebrate the yes from Mary today that enabled you to be like us, help us to imitate her in all we do. We make this prayer in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Music: Cheezy Piano Medley by Alexander Nakarada