Rosary Meditation: The First Joyful Mystery

Today’s rosary meditation is the first Joyful Mystery — The Annunciation.  This is when the angel Gabriel told Mary, a mere teenager, that she was to be the mother of God.  Now think about that for a while.  What would you do if you found out that God chose you to bring His son into this world?  Would you run outside rejoicing as if you just won the lottery?  Would you turn pale, pass out, and then hope that it was all just a dream?  Would you calmly tell the angel Gabriel that you are not ready and there are others who will be a much better choice?  I do not think becoming the Mother of God is something that any of us are exactly prepared for.

But God has only asked one person in the history of the world to be the mother of Jesus Christ so that is not something He will likely ask of us.  When compared to our Mother Mary, God asks so little of us in comparison to her great responsibility.  For many of us, just making it to Mass on time or taking a few minutes out of our day for prayer are responsibilities where we fall short.

Why are we not prepared for the times when God asks something of us?  After all, He asks something of us every day.  He asks us to be faithful, to follow His laws, and put Him first in our lives.  God speaks to us every day through the Pope, the Church, our priests, the Bible, saints, angels, and others to follow Him and to do His will.  Do we ignore all these messengers?  How many times have you not followed His will only to plead ignorance that you just did not know or that it is just too hard?  When He asks, do we tell Him that we do not think we are ready and He should ask us at a more convenient time?  Or do we tell Him, “YES!”, only to follow another road besides the one He lays out for us?  God asks us to follow Him more times than we think and we often tell Him “no” through our words, our thoughts, or our actions.

So let us recognize that God calls on us every day to follow Him.  Let us imitate our mother, Mary, and tell him “Thy will be done.”  Mary put her faith in God knowing that He never gives us more than we can handle.  Let us put our faith in Him that His plan for us is the best path and the only true path to eternal happiness.  Mary was made pure by the Holy Spirit to carry the heavy burden of bearing the Son of God, Jesus Christ.  We are strengthened by the same Holy Spirit to accept God’s will in our own lives.  With the Holy Spirit, the Church, and our Mother Mary as our guides we are more than prepared to follow His path.  Let us pray that when God asks us to follow Him we can confidently say, “Thy will be done.”

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