Today is the Feast of the Annunciation. The day of the year that the Church celebrates Mary saying “yes” to being the mother of Jesus.
The story in the Bible of the Annunciation is one of my favorites. It tells of how the Archangel Gabriel came down to Mary to tell her of God’s plan for her. Mary must have known that it would be difficult for her to say yes to such an important role, but she doesn’t hesitate. As a child, this story had such an impact on my faith that I chose a form of Gabriel – Gabriele – as my confirmation name. Ever since I could remember, I have wanted to be a writer, and selecting the name Gabriel – the messenger of God – was so meaningful for me. Looking back on my confirmation, I remember how I wanted to live up to the name I had selected. I also fondly remember that day, and how my sponsor – my Uncle Mikey –told people that I was his godchild because he wanted to be a part of my faith life. On that day, I chose him as my adopted godparent for the occasion!
As I’ve gotten older, and have heard often the story of the Annunciation, I’ve really come to appreciate the dedication of Mary to do God’s will. The message of today is especially useful to remember when things are tough. On days when it may seem difficult to fulfill the roles that God has chosen for us, perhaps we could try to remember that, with faith, we can get through.
Today, I’m going to try to celebrate this special feast day by thinking of God’s plan for me – and I invite you to do the same!
Happy Friday, everyone!