Scripture: "And coming to her, he said, 'Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.'" (Luke 1:28).
Reflection: Mary was chosen to be The Mother of God. This was the plan all along. From all eternity God knew He would choose her to bring His Son into the world. Jesus comes to us, through Mary. She is filled with grace. God chooses us also to participate in the plan of salvation. We too can receive grace and receive the Lord within us. We do this in a spiritual way. In Mary this is accomplished in a physical way. The Christ is conceived within her, by the power of the Holy Spirit, and therefore she is respected and honored in a very particular and special way. Even the angel Hails her.
Questions: Can I ask God in prayer what Mary means to Him? Can I ask God in prayer what Mary should mean to me? Can I ask God in prayer to give me a deeper understanding of Mary's role in the plan of salvation, and in my own life? Will I accept God's answer?
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to see things in a new light - your Light. I thank you for entering into my humanity through Mary our Mother. Jesus is all. And Mary is the mother of all. She brought you into the world for us. She was obedient to your plan. Help me to imitate her in my own life. Help me to be close to her in prayer. She still lives, as do all who died in Christ just as you promised. You died to bring us to heaven, and you never stop hearing our prayers, especially those of your own mother. She loves us and will help us by bringing us closer to you, our Savior. Jesus, please help me to be respectful of your mother always, and to be obedient to you, just as she was. Amen.
Join us again tomorrow for another spiritual reflection. May God Bless you.