Saying “Yes” with Mary

mary-in-snowBy Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

Did you ever wonder why we go to Mass on Jan. 1? It’s the day we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. We celebrate her motherhood of Jesus, which started with a “Yes.”

One of the most beautiful reflections I’ve seen on what that must have meant to her was by a group called Pentatonix. I came across them this Christmas season and was so taken with them that I bought their album. Here’s a link to their song, “Mary, Did You Know?”

None of us know what will happen in our lives. Every choice brings unpredictable consequences … some good, and some that we might not welcome.

The only way forward is in trust, and in knowing that God walks with us at all times.

Mary did that. She lived her “yes” as she held her Baby in her arms. She lived her “yes” as she watched him learn to be a carpenter … turn water into wine … and, later, die.

What can we learn from this? That our answers lead down paths of joy and sorrow, happiness and pain.

When we remember – as Mary did, that God walks with us – we have the strength and courage to live and love our “yes.”

As we celebrate this Holy Day – and the New Year – let’s make “Yes” our resolution. Let’s say “Yes” to God and to life. Let’s say “Yes” to the small, quiet voice within.

May abundant love and blessings be yours!

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