ART OF DISCERNMENT
EFORE THE ANGEL GABRIEL showed up on her doorstep, Mary, the
mother of Jesus, likely lived an ordinary life occupied with domestic
tasks and attending the temple on the Sabbath. But then came the angel’s
announcement: “Hail favored one. The Lord is with you.”
At that moment, Mary was called to be at the center of God’s saving plan—to
be the bearer of Good News, literally. She could have ignored the request or quietly
demurred claiming an unworthiness. Instead, with awe and humility, she said yes.
It is that yes, filled with to-the-marrow faith, that we may draw upon as we consider
our own call to holiness. Because of Mary’s yes, each of us can be the person God
wants us to be—for truly nothing is impossible with God. =
The “yes” that launched
a thousand vocations
ARTWORK BY BROTHER MICHAEL O’NEILL MCGRATH, O.S.F.S.
TEXT BY PATRICE J. TUOHY