Do not to be afraid, says the Angel Gabriel to Mary. She must have been terrified and frighten but she took to heart the angel’s message to not be afraid, which is why today we celebrate Mary’s generous “yes” in this feast of the Annunciation. There is so much in our world where we can experience fear; cancer, loneliness, the Coronavirus, unemployment, lack of food and healthcare. What are the areas of our lives that we experience fear? Can we hear God telling us; Do not be afaid? Can we find the courage to join with Mary and say, yes to God’s love and presence everywhere?