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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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