The annunciation of the birth of Jesus and Mary’s response to it is the icon of Advent. This mystery teaches us that salvation depends in our free response to the offer of God’s love.

Am I able to sit in the presence of mystery? Am I courageous enough to believe in things that may not make sense? Can I embrace mystery?

O gracious God, I am inspired by Mary’s simple openness to the Good News. May I be inspired by her willing to embrace the mystery of divine love.  Help me get to “yes.”