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The Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord to Mary recalls the angel, Gabriel, coming to the young woman, Mary, to ask her if she would be the mother of God’s Son, Jesus. The Catholic Church celebrates this feast on March 25 each year, nine months before the birth of Jesus.

The feast is important to all of us as an example. Mary, a young person, so in tune with God in her life, responds with an important “Yes” to God’s request to be the mother of his Son. Mary said: “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” As a young woman preparing for her marriage to Joseph, Mary did not know how this would happen, what this child would be like, what Jesus’ future would be, or what all this would mean for her and Joseph’s life together. And yet she could say “yes” to God. She modeled for us great faith and trust.

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It is a very important day for all Sisters of Notre Dame. Notre Dame means Our Lady so the sisters are, in a unique way, Sisters of Our Lady.  They chose the Annunciation their congregational feast because they want to model their lives after Mary’s by being open and ready to say “yes” to whatever God asks of them.

Today, let us pray for all the Sisters of Notre Dame that they continue to listen to God and say “yes” to whatever God asks of them. Let us pray for ourselves, our family members and our friends, that we may be open and ready to say “yes” when God asks something of us, even if we don’t understand.

Let us think about these words of the angel, Gabriel, as we say:

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women,
And blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners,
Now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

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Written by Jane Leung, PND

Roadside Shrine in the garden at Notre Dame Center

How do you answer God's invitation?

Luke’s telling of the Annunciation speaks so much to me – about my own faith journey, how I came to be at Notre Dame and what and where I hope to be in the future. It cannot be anything but meaningful in a personal way because I had that moment when I first realized there was something bigger than me that was at work in my life.  I needed to gradually let go of everything I knew and even people I used to know, and TRUST in God’s will for me.

The Annunciation is about saying “yes” to God’s invitation to a new life, and to have faith despite our uncertainties and fears. Mary did not know what she was getting into when she said “yes”, but she trusted God to guide her. That total trust in God is the real test of our faith. I try to imagine Mary as a young teenage girl who had that courage to trust, and I am amazed still.  Why can’t I have that same courage?

The angel Gabriel’s words to Mary, “nothing will be impossible for God” assures us that God will take care of us and will hold us in his compassionate gaze. God will watch over us during times of darkness and uncertainty in our lives.  God’s love helps us to bring light to all whom we may meet on our journey – just as Mary was asked to bring our Lord to the world in order to give hope to all of God’s children.

I don’t know how the next few months will turn out for my own journey.  Feelings of despair come and go, and I feel a burning inside of me that is the work of the Holy Spirit. It is a sign that God is working on me, pointing me to that place of trust that Mary had.

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