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annunciationThe 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, what all this would mean in her and Joseph’s life together.  And yet she could say “yes” to God.  She modeled for us great faith and trust.

Today is a very important day for all Sisters of Notre Dame.  Notre Dame means “Our Lady”, so all the sisters are, in a unique way, Sisters of Our Lady.  They chose the Annunciation as the feast for the whole congregation because they especially 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 all can be open and ready to say “yes” when God asks something of us in our lives, even if we don’t understand.

Let us really 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.

This post was provided by the SND National Education Partnership.

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