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  • Sarah Beth Dippel


Today is the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.

Today we celebrate Mary's "yes." When the angel, Gabriel, came to Mary and told her that she would be the mother to the Son of God, Mary said yes. What's remarkable to me, she didn't need a detailed plan; she didn't ask, how is this going to work, she didn't question Gabriel about her future. She simply said yes.

Mary's obedient Fiat, her yes, merges the divine to the human. Our Lord takes on flesh. Heaven and earth meet. With Mary's yes to God, through the angel Gabriel, the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.

We, too, can live lives that say YES to the Lord—allowing the graces of the Lord to work through us and in us to be His handmaid, his disciples. We are called by our baptismal promises to profess our belief with our daily lives.

Let us turn to the Blessed Virgin Mary's example. Let us respond to God: May it be done to me according to Your Word. I come to do your will, Lord. #livinglent2 Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

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