Brothers & Sisters,
I have been reflecting a lot lately about sin. Not that we're all sinners, because we are, but where on the spectrum we tend to fall. By spectrum, I mean original sin being at one end and Mary is at the other. We can make it a bit more simple and say that Adam & Eve were the ones who said no to God and Mary was the one who said yes, always.
I wonder why it is so difficult for us to always say yes to God no matter the situation. Is it our desires, our need to feel alive or avoid situations that could be painful? Perhaps. Try to put yourself in the house with Mary when Gabriel arrived what do you imagine went through her mind when the angel said to her:
"Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end."
Crazy right? How would you feel when presented with this? Mary only after a few questions and no conditions willingly said yes to God. How often have you done that? There is no greater yes in history than this one. She put God before herself in all things including this one, and so should we.
Why is that so arduous for us to do? Sometimes we feel like we can't hear God calling to us. Have you taken a second to stop and listen before making that excuse? Perhaps before we turn our backs to God and head down the path of a sinner, we should ask ourselves if this is what God would want of us. And we should always look towards Mary as the model for saying yes to Him. Through the struggles of our lives, we can always seek the intercession of our Blessed Mother to help guide us towards grace always knowing that she'll never lead us astray.
He yearns for us to be the best possible people we can be and has given us guideposts in Mary and the Saints as reminders that we to should strive to be saint-like in all that we do. We're all sinners (except for Mary, of course) but what can we do every day to make sure that we're walking towards God and not away from him?