Today we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation, which celebrates the visit of the Angel Gabriel to a young virgin in Nazareth called Mary.
Mary did something quite remarkable when the angel visited her, and that remarkable thing that she did changed the world. She simply said YES!
“I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done to me as you have said.”
Something special happened that day.
For the first time in history, Heaven and Earth came together. In the womb of Mary, they fused together and they became one.
The love of God came into the world, and that love walked with us. It healed us. It taught us. It laughed with us. It cried with us.
And, utimately… it died for us.
(It then rose again, of course!)
And all because one young girl said YES!
Mary was thought to have been about 14 years old when she became pregnant. The same age as many of you reading this; the same age as many of the people the Youth Service works with each year.
If you are around that age, or even older, can you imagine being asked to do something that would change the world for ever?
Would you say YES! without a moment’s doubt?
Well, Mary did… and that’s what we celebrate today – The amazing example of love and sacrifice that she gave us, and the fact that it changed the world.
Instead of offering a prayer today, why not say the Hail Mary…