When Mary gave her consent at the Annunciation she could have had only a vague idea about what her saying “yes” would mean for her. At the Presentation in the Temple, Simeon told her that she would be pierced with a sword (Lk 2). Likely, that did not come as a complete surprise; being mother of the Messiah could hardly be a role free from suffering. However in those early days could she have foreseen the anguish which she would actually feel during the passion and death of her Son?
When we choose to say “yes” to God he is asking us to make a great act of faith that he will sustain us in the hour of trial. He has given us a mother who has gone through this experience before us and whose prayers will sustain us in our own hour of standing beneath the Cross.
It all began with an invitation and a response on the day of the Annunciation, when Jesus entered our human condition and Mary gave herself completely to his mission of love for us.
Help me, Mary, to say “yes” to God this day and every day when he invites me to be a true disciple of Jesus, your Son and my brother.