Commentary on The Reading of the day provided by :

Saint Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941), Franciscan, martyr
Conference of June 13th, 1933

“My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it” (Lk 8,21)

In his works God always wants to act by means of instruments… God, who has given us a free will, wants us to serve him freely as his instruments by harmonizing our will to his in the same way the Blessed Mother did when she said: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word”.

The words “may it be done to me according to your word” should always be on our lips, for between our own will and the will of the Immaculate there should be perfect harmony.

So what are we to do?

Let Mary lead the way and we shall have nothing to fear.



“The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary.

And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”

But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.

Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.

He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?”

And the angel said to her in reply, “The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.

Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.

And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;for nothing will be impossible for God.”

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”

Then the angel departed from her.” -Luke 1:26-38.