December 8, 2023. Gen 3:9-15; Eph.1:3-6, Luke1:26-38
Hail Mary, full of Grace… For with God Nothing Will Be Impossible
Do you want to live a grace-filled life? The angel Gabriel salutes Mary as "full of grace". To become the mother of the Savior, Mary was enriched by God with gifts to enable her to assume this awesome role.
In other words, "Being obedient she became the cause of salvation for herself and for the whole human race… Thus, Eve's knot of disobedience was untied by Mary's obedience. This means, what the virgin Eve bound through her disbelief, Mary loosened by her faith" (By Irenaeus, bishop of Lyons, 130-200 AD).
Significance: What is the key that can unlock the power and grace of God's kingdom in our personal lives? Faith and obedience for sure! When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they immediately experienced the consequence of their action - separation from the God who loved them. God in his mercy promised them a Redeemer who would pay the price for their sin and the sin of the world. We see the marvelous unfolding of God's plan of redemption in the events leading up to the Incarnation, the birth of the Messiah.
Life Message: Mary's prompt response of "yes" to the divine message is a model of faith for all believers. That is to say, Mary believed God's promises even when they seemed impossible. She was full of grace because she trusted that what God said was true and would be fulfilled. She was willing and eager to do God's will, even if it seemed difficult or costly.
Conclusion: Therefore, God gives us the grace to say "yes" to his will and to his transforming work in our lives. Moreover, God gives us grace and he expects us to respond with the same willingness, obedience, and heart-felt trust as Mary did. When God commands, he also gives the grace, strength, and means to respond. We can either yield to his grace or resist and go our own way. Do you believe in God's promises, and do you yield to his grace?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you offer us abundant grace, mercy, and forgiveness through your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Help me to live a grace-filled life as Mary did by believing in your promises and by giving you my unqualified "yes" to your will and to your plan for my life.