The 25th of March came and went yesterday, with nothing on my blog, partly because I forgot the date.
It’s never too late to start preparing for Christmas, and the 25th of March is always a timely reminder – to start working on Christmas gift lists for the family. Right?
Well, sort of…
In the Catholic world, the 25th of March is also the time we pause to reflect on Mary’s yes to the Archangel Gabriel, because it marks 9 months before we celebrate His birth. We reflect on the moment Mary accepted the role as Our Savior’s mother – who would become the mother of us all, as Jesus drew His last breaths on the Cross.
She would then continue with her yes, accepting her Son’s lifeless body, as it was removed from the Cross and placed in the tomb.
Last year, I wrote a brief reflection about the Annunciation. This year, the day came and went in my usual style – feeling a day late and a dollar short when I realized it was a special day in the Church.
Fast forward to Mass today – known as Laetare Sunday, or the day the priest wears the color Rose (not pink) as a symbol of subdued joy. Laetare means joy – the anticipation we are feeling for Christ’s Resurrection. Our deacon gave an awesome homily on how Jesus is present in every single one of the Sacraments – He is present to wipe the mud from our eyes in a physical sense, with sacramental oils, but also in a spiritual sense. And, because of that, we should have joy for having the opportunity to meet Jesus throughout various times in our faith journey!
To me, the entire weekend was a great way to reflect on Mary’s yes, and the joy celebrated by the Church yesterday. Without Mary’s yes, Jesus would not have been brought into the world. Our salvation would not have been won, before we were even begun! And, for that, we should be joyous!
Today was also a day to reflect on my own yes to God. Throughout our sacramental journey – some of them, like Communion and Reconciliation – we have repeated opportunities to say yes to God. Other times, our yes is given only once – during Confirmation and vows, whether religious or marital vows. Even as infants, our parents give a yes to God when they open the reception of our souls to the Holy Spirit through the Sacrament of Baptism.
But, what about the everyday yes?
How am I showing Jesus I am giving Him my yes in my daily life?!
How do I go about giving my yes to God, in my given state of life, as a wife and mother?
Furthermore, what is the manner in which I am saying yes? Am I saying so begrudgingly? Or, am I saying yes in a manner modeled by Mary – with humility and reverence?
On a larger scale, how are each of us, as a spouse, as a parent, as a child, giving our yes to God? How are we letting God know we accept His mission for us in life?