At Luke’s first mention of Mary in the Annunciation she was only a girl. Having a child out of wedlock when she was engaged might expose her to being stoned. At the very least the whole town would talk, and what would Joseph think? In spite of her fear Mary gave God a blank check. To some degree all of us who have committed our lives to the Lord have done the same thing.
If we had foreseen all the consequences we might have been less enthusiastic. However we knew in a general way what we were doing and we did it because we knew we were loved. We may have been moved too by seeing how much others would need our commitment. Mary certainly was aware of her role in our regard. She was willing to do anything and to suffer anything that would lead to the saving of her people. We are her people. She calls us to give ourselves with her to the divine plan for the salvation of the world.
Lord God, I await the coming of your Son into my own life. As Mary gave herself to the mission of Jesus, may I too have the faith and love to respond: “I am the servant of the Lord. Let it be done to me as you say.”