Tuesday of Holy Week March 31st
Will You Say Yes?
“I will make you a light to the nations, that My salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” Is 49:6
You have been chosen from birth and named for a specific task; you are called to share Christ with the world. Maybe you are inclined to question this call, to wonder if you are actually qualified. However, look back to the birth of Christ and realize that God has never relied on qualification. Rather, He first depended on a young girl to bring His Son into the world. Mary, when only a young girl, gave the first “yes” for humanity; she joyfully brought the Son of God into the world. Mary first gave God His human body; the human body that would be offered for the salvation of the world. Mary’s “yes” first brought God into the world so that He could suffer and die and save us.
In contrast to Mary’s immediate “yes,” John, in the Gospel today, relays to us the failure of the apostles. Jesus was betrayed and denied by His closest friends! Yet, God still worked through all of this for a greater plan. And when Peter returned back to Jesus, full of regret for His denial, Christ welcomed Peter back with open arms. Peter fell, yes, but he got back up and united with Mary’s yes to bring Christ into the world as well. Today, Peter and Mary and all the original disciples are no longer physically withus. So, who is bringing Christ into the world? God is calling you today. Like Mary did, we must give Christ a body in the world. As the great Saint Teresa of Avila once wrote: “Christ has no body now but yours, no hands, no feet on earth but yours, yours are the eyes with which He looks with compassion on this world, yours are the feet with which He walks to do good, yours are the hands with which He blesses all the world.” Will you embrace your call today? Will you be His servant?
Jesus, give me the grace, strength, and courage to be like Peter and get up when I fall and unite with Mary to say yes to Your call and carry Your message of salvation to the world. Amen.