“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” These famous words of Mary—said during the recitation of the Alleluia today—are challenging not just for her, but for each one of us. No wonder this verse is part of daily Evening Prayer; it is a constant reminder that God calls each of us to respond with a joyful “yes!” when He calls us to do His Will.

In the Gospel, Elizabeth says yes to bearing the prophet John the Baptist in her old age. In the Second Reading, St. Paul reminds us that even Christ was asked to do the Will of the Father—which He did wholeheartedly by giving His life on the Cross.

As a wife, a mother to two little boys and the Communications Director for Fuzati, a Catholic marketing company, I’ve been asked to say “yes” to God in a number of different situations. I said yes to loving my husband in good times and bad, yes to life and being a mother (even when it’s difficult) and yes to a job that I also see as a calling—to effectively communicate the wonderful ministries and apostolates that Fuzati represents.

Like Mary who said yes not just when she agreed to be the Mother of God, but every day of His life until she stood by His Cross, we are asked to say yes to God’s will every day. During this time when we prepare for Christ’s birth, will you say yes to what He is asking of you?

Caitlin Bootsma, Communications Director of Fuzati


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