DECEMBER 20, 2020

There are just five days left until the celebration of Christmas begins.

Let’s live these last days of Advent well.

We read in today’s Gospel passage from Luke the wonderful words of the Blessed Mother’s “fiat,” her “yes” to God’s plan.
“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” These are among the most beloved words in the Gospel. But the next sentence is also important for the Christian steward.

After Mary’s fiat, we read, “Then the angel departed from her.” Our Blessed Mother was left with a lot of unexplained details about God’s plan for her! Yet, she followed God’s will perfectly. She gave herself and her life fully to God as a gift. She was the first disciple. We are called to follow her example today.

This Christmas let us resolve to make our whole life a gift to the One Who has given us everything. He will give us all the help and strength we need.