When the Angel Gabriel appears, Mary is at first afraid. However after hearing the good news that she is to become the mother of the Son of God, she places her trust in the Lord as his servant.
Like many, I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the huge tasks which lie ahead of me. At times like that, I find it calming to remember the verse above and Romans 8:31 – “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
In the papal document, Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis helpfully proposes that “Every morning, on rising, we reaffirm before God our decision to be faithful, come what may in the course of the day. And all of us, before going to sleep, hope to wake up and continue this adventure, trusting in the Lord’s help” (#319).
Like Mary, may we come to trust in the Lord’s help, even when times are difficult.