Mary said yes. And for that yes, does she not deserve our honor and veneration? And by that yes did she not become the example of the yes each of us should also give to God? Surely we too are the servant of the Lord and it should be to us according to his word, just as it was with her. Certainly not as much is riding on our response, but something is: one soul to save, one who is wretched to comfort, one captive to ransom, one condemned to free. Christ wants to be born in each of us and work through each of us. And, because every soul is of ultimate worth, “all heaven and earth is holding its breath” for our reply.