Today we hear once again the story of the angel Gabriel appearing to Mary with startling news, disturbing news no doubt, for a young girl. Yet, Mary’s response was straightforward, “May it be done to me according to your word.” There was no questioning, no bargaining, just acceptance.
I have spent the past few days witnessing the comfort God calls us to offer others watching nurses move quickly and quietly up and down the corridors
of the local hospital where my father is a patient. The efficiency and calmness with which they attend to the sick, many of them elderly, is surely a response to God’s call. That the nurses are paid for their service renders what they do a job, but the attitude they bring to the job elevates it to a higher level. I am moved by their patience, willingness to smile and insert humor into difficult circumstances and their overall kindness to those who are ill and their worried family members.