Today’s readings tell the story of the Annunciation. The angel Gabriel appears to Mary to tell her that she will bear a son, to name him Jesus, and that he is the son of God. Mary is afraid at first and guarded in her response, questioning how this could be true as she was a virgin. After Gabriel assures her that nothing is impossible for God, Mary is no longer afraid, puts her trust in God, and accepts God’s will.
“Here I am Lord; I come to do your will.”
In turning from fear to trust in God, Mary’s example provides inspiration for us today. With all of the uncertainty and fear that the coronavirus pandemic has brought into our lives, this message reminds us to trust in God. We are certainly being challenged in many ways. I feel like I am in a pretty good place in all of this…we live in a nice home, have stocked up with essentials, have a steady stream of income, and have devoted family who keep checking on us. But, I still feel stress and fear creeping in too often. I can’t imagine the stress and fear that others in less fortunate and more challenging circumstances feel. I hope that we all find ways to deal with so many things that are out of our personal control.
Mary’s message is that prayer and trust in God can help us through these difficult times. I think I will take some time today to pray and reflect on what God’s plan may be here, with the hope of moving from fear to trust in God.
—Anne Gamer P'08, retired faculty