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Mary's "Let it Be!"
Luke 1:26-38

In the NAME of the FATHER and of the SON and of the HOLY SPIRIT.

AMEN

When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom: "Let it Be!" The Beatles got it right, essentially, whey they pointed to the Blessed Virgin Mary as an example of trust and confidence in the Word of God.

Mary’s fiat - "let it be" - was Mary’s word of faith in response to the Annunciation of the Archangel Gabriel. "Behold, the handmaid of the Lord," she said, "Let it be to me according to Thy Word." By the grace of God, she was given the faith to believe the impossible promise of God: that she was the Virgin that Isaiah foretold of. She would give birth to Immanuel, God-With-Us. What better example could there be for us? To say the amen of faith, "Let it be," as the Blessed Virgin did - even when the trials and temptations of life seen an impossible mess, and even when the promises of God seem equally impossible - that is truly a faith born by grace alone! God grant His grace to each of us, that we, too, would say with Mary, "Let it be!"

The past year has surely presented us with numerous opportunities to entrust our lives to God alone. We give Him thanks, as always, that even in our weakness He has sought us out again and again. As we are reminded especially during this Season of Advent, that God comes to us. While we were still enemies, the Son of God humbled Himself to be born of a Virgin; and having conquered death and opened the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers, He comes to us still with His Word of promise. With the very same Body and Blood that He took from the womb of the Blessed Virgin and sacrificed for us on the Holy Cross, He now feeds us in preparation for the Feast of Heaven. Let it Be!

When all is said and done, the prayer of the Church is that we be found faithful: that God would keep us steadfast in His Word and in the faith until the end. By the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who was born for us, Who loved and died for us, Who rose again and liveth and reigneth to all eternity for us - will He not also give us everlasting life? If that seems and impossible promise, nevertheless, "Let it Be!"

Dear Brothers, during the tides of Advent and Christmas, in particular, let us see in the Virgin Mary an example of faith in Christ alone. In the words of Dr. Luther: What do you think? David, St. Peter, St. Paul, St. Mary Magdalene, and the like are examples to strengthen our trust in God and our faith, by reason of the great grace bestowed on them without their worthiness, for the comforting of all men. Will not the blessed Mother of God also gladly be such an example to all the world?

Let us join our amen to hers at the Word of the Archangel: "The Holy Offspring shall be called the Son of God, and He will save His people from their sins." Let it Be!

In the NAME of the FATHER and of the SON and of the HOLY SPIRIT.

AMEN

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