The Annunciation of Our Lord / Monday in the Third Week of Lent

by Sibyl Piccone

And he came to her and said, “Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. — Luke 1:28-29

Calling on her deep faith, Mary is obedient to God’s request delivered by the angel Gabriel. Understandably, Mary is troubled that she should conceive in her womb and bear a son; a child who will come upon her from the Holy Spirit and who will be called Holy, the Son of God.

We assume Mary is a very young woman. She is a virgin betrothed but not married to Joseph. To accept God’s request, she’d in all likelihood face rejection by Joseph, her family and community. Her decision to do as God asks exhibits Mary’s deep faith and commitment to God.

Is your faith deep enough to make decisions that exhibit your commitment to God? Are you willing to put your faith to the test, to face disruption and possible rejection to submit to the will of God?

As Mary did, we must examine the depth of our faith. Then we, too, can trust that our decisions will reflect our faith, supporting us throughout our lives.

I delight to do thy will, O my God; thy law is within my heart. — Psalm 40:8