Saturday of the Thirth Week of Advent
I will pray for a young person to have the strength to follow a vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life.
by Father Edward McIlmail, LC | Source: Catholic.net
Lord, as I contemplate the example of Mary’s
simplicity and generosity, my heart burns within me. If only I could be as docile as she was. In my
desire to improve, I trust in your help and mercy. As I begin this prayer, I humbly place myself in
your presence. I come, Lord, to do your will.
Grant me, Lord, a
love for the example of Our Lady.
1. A Personal Call:
We notice the very human
details of the Annunciation. It happened in a specific place, to a specific person. So it is with
God’s plan. He doesn’t call us en masse. He calls each one of us personally, because he loves each
of us as a son or daughter. The Catholic faith is a personal relationship with Our Lord. Do I
ever feel the opposite? Do I ever feel like just a number? That’s not how God intends my faith to
be. My vocation is personal. Do I respond likewise in a personal way to God?
God’s people had long awaited a Messiah. Mary also would have looked forward to a
Savior. Yet it likely would not have occurred to her that she would ever be the mother of the
Redeemer. We too might wonder: When will God send someone to save the world in our time? In fact, he
tries to do just that ? through each one of us. Each of us can be a saint; each of us can help save
the world, with God’s grace. Likewise, each of us is called to a great and unique vocation, whether
ordained, consecrated or lay. To what great mission is God calling me? Do I realize that my life
can be great, if lived with sufficient love?
3. Let It Be:
Mary's fiat ? "Let
it be done to me" ? was the response that brought joy to the angels in heaven. A 14- or 15-year-old,
by her openness to God’s plan, would help to change the course of history. We, too, are called to
say “yes” to God and to build little civilizations of love. Each generation can contribute to
building the Kingdom. Do I see the young people in my life as potential apostles? Do I respect
them as persons called to great things? Do I see my friends in the same
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, your great plan for sending your Son
into the world
hinged on Mary’s “yes.” Let me learn from her openness;
say “yes” to what you ask.
I will pray for a young person to
have the strength to follow a vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life.
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