Lent Day 36

Day 36 Wednesday March 25 – Learn something about another country or culture


Isaiah 7: 10-14 8: 10

The Lord himself will you you this sign: the virgin will be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us!”

Hebrews 10: 4-10

We have been consecrated through the offering of the Body of Jesus Christ once for all

Luke 1: 26-38

Mary said, “Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to be according to your word.”

“Say ‘Yes’ to God.” is often said. But today I heard it phrased this way: “Give God your Yes.” (That’s Fr. Joe, by the way.)

How beautifully put! I don’t think I can explain how hearing it that way made (and makes) me feel. But there was just something about it.

Perhaps because with “Say ‘Yes’ to God” this seems to imply we are waiting around for that clear moment when God gives us the opportunity to say “Yes” to Him and that we’ll be able to recognize that moment as a clear “yes or no” decision point. But that is not how God works. Those opportunities don’t come with God on a puffy white cloud speaking in a loud voice saying, ‘Hey Maureen, it’s God. How about doing this? Yes or No?”. Wouldn’t that make saying “Yes” to God so easy? (Yes!) No, these moments come in the form of an old man carrying groceries and recognizing he could use a ride home. Or in helping someone pick up something they have dropped. Or holding the door for the person behind you.  

“Give God your ‘Yes’” I think I am drawn to this because it implies I need to be active, that I have a never ending supply of “Yeses” to give out, and God is always there just waiting for my “Yes”. And the “Yes” is the clear choice. There really is no debating “Am I going with a ‘Yes’ or a ‘No’ right now?” I’m not waiting around for God to clearly say “Hey Maureen, it’s God. Yeah, this is me trying to work here and calling on you to do your part. Are you in?” Instead I am here, ever-present for the Lord. Ready to jump into action. I am looking for God speaking to me in all things and so I actively live to give God my “Yes’ — “Yes?” “Yes!”

Continue to Day 37