An Unqualified ‘Yes’

First Reading: Isaiah 7:10-14
Psalm: Psalm 24:1-6
Gospel: Luke 1:26-38

Christmas is a joyful holiday that most of us look forward to. But
it can also be a very stressful time for many of us. As Christmas
nears, perhaps our excitement is combined with anxiety because there
is still much to do. Gifts have to be bought and given, decorations
need to be installed, the house has to be cleaned, and food needs to
be prepared.

Our Blessed Mother was not exempted from anxiety. As much as we may
feel stressed by the holiday preparations, the future of the
Christian world fell on the shoulders of a young woman, Mary, when
the angel Gabriel visited her.

Even if we are caught up in the preparations for the holidays, as
Christians, we also need to prepare ourselves spiritually for
Christmas. Have we made our examination of conscience and gone to
confession? Have we remembered to give thanks to the Lord for all
the gifts he has given our family and ourselves? Have we
contributed our time, money or talent to the church, performed
charitable works or acts of mercy?

For some of us, it may be too much to take care of the Christmas
preparations and at the same time prepare ourselves spiritually.
But perhaps, this is what we need to do this last week of Advent.
Lets taking stock and reflect on our spiritual selves, so that we
will be prepared to welcome Jesus into our hearts and homes on
Christmas day.

“Heavenly Father, you offer us abundant grace, mercy, and
forgiveness through your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Help me to live
a grace-filled life as Mary did by believing in your promises and by
giving you my unqualified “yes” to your will and plan for my life.”