St John Paul II’s devotion to the Mother of God is well known. He said, at an audience in 1997: ‘She who at the Annunciation showed total availability for the divine plan represents for all believers a sublime model of attentiveness and docility to the Word of God. In replying to the angel: “Let it be to me according to your word” and in stating her readiness to fulfil perfectly the Lord’s will, Mary rightly shares in the beatitude proclaimed by Jesus: “Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it!”. With this attitude, which encompasses her entire life, the Blessed Virgin indicates the high road of listening to the Word of the Lord, an essential element of worship, which has become typical of the Christian liturgy. Her example shows us that worship does not primarily consist in expressing human thoughts and feelings, but in listening to the divine Word in order to know it, assimilate it and put it into practice in daily life’.

May we, too, become those ‘who hear the Word of God’ and keep it – not only in our hearts, but as flowing forth into every action of our lives. May God bless you.