As I am writing this reflection, the whole world is greatly troubled by the pandemic of the coronavirus. We are constantly being instructed on what to do to keep ourselves and others safe. One thing stands out above all—we are to keep washing our hands for at least 20 seconds. Instead of timing it by singing Happy Birthday, I learned to say the Hail Mary twice. What a grace, as I wash and pray, to hear Gabriel’s words to Mary spoken now to me: “The Lord is with you! Do not be afraid.” What a grace to feel Mary’s loving care for us! When this gospel is read in Advent, Christmas will be just five days away. Whatever has happened to our world by then, because of Mary’s “Yes,” Jesus, Immanuel, will be with us.
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