And really, this is God's invitation and call to each one of us. We can be a spouse, parent, religious, priest, single... an educator, carer, animator, thinker, mentor, artist, speaker... young or old, healthy or not... the call is the same: to allow ourselves to be filled with the life of God, and to bring that life into our own world, for the life and good of that world. As with Mary, the how, where and with whom may not be instantly clear; they might only unfold over time, years or even decades, but the important thing is to listen, to be open, and - in small ways as well as big - to allow God's life to fill us, to the brim and overflowing.
PS: Today one of my friends celebrates the first anniversary of her first vows. Meanwhile, thanks to Facebook I know that later today two young women will enter the Interprovincial noviciate in Chile. Please pray for them, and for all those discerning their call, for the openness, generosity and trust which can say - and live out - "here I am... let it be..."