The Annunciation brings for us a message of unconditional Love. Our faith, like that of Mary, demands action: we can all have a sentimental approach to our faith, but Mary shows us that we need to be proactive and ‘take the bull by the horns!’ Will we make mistakes—most certainly yes! Will it be hard—most certainly yes! Will this make us better people, open to the will of God? Again, a most certain yes!
These next few days are going to be exceeding busy, as plans and ideas come to fruition for family and friends. One of the greatest gifts we can give to each other, just like Mary of Nazareth, is the gift of our time and attention. In the midst of all those brightly packaged presents sitting under your tree at home, I pray that you find the gift of peace and acceptance. I pray that you find your true priorities and that your Christmas be filled with happiness and joy, close to those who make a difference in your life.