Thursday of the Third Week of Advent 2018
December 20, 2018
Scripture: Is. 7: 10-14; Lk. 1:26-38
In today’s gospel, the Angel Gabriel shares with the Virgin Mary that she has been chosen to give birth to the Son of God. Mary, initially disturbed, describes herself a servant of the Lord and declares her willing “yes”. The transformative story of her journey from fear to faith has powerfully resonated with me at various phases in my faith life. I can only imagine the disbelief and confusion of Mary as she struggled to understand the meaning of the angel’s words. I, too, have hesitated and questioned the ask of the Lord. Often this ask reveals itself in small ways…to be a better wife, mother, friend…to attempt to further Gods work in my professional life…to care for an elderly parent…to support the faith community that I love… but it remains an often-daunting task.
I am continually astounded and humbled by the depth of Mary’s faith and courage in answering this summons from God. She exemplifies the grace of true faith in the Lord, unquestioning in her belief in His promise that He will bestow the resources needed for her to complete her promise. This ultimate act of faith serves to nurture our own courage in the belief that nothing is impossible with God, that God will use his heavenly power, strength and creativity to support us in our own “yes”.
As stated by a faithful friend, the most famous YES in the history of the world was spoken by a young girl in Nazareth who was open to, and trusted in, Gods summons to her. She was willing to allow God to work in her life, who then used His power, strength and love to support her in His work. The “yes” I speak to the Lord each day will not change the world as profoundly as Mary’s “yes”, but with God’s grace, it will transform me and allow for the courage to say, “May it be done to me according to your will.”
Lord, during this time of discerning preparation and joyful service, grant us the gifts of courage and faith~ the courage of a ready ear to hear your word and the faith of a willing heart to accept it. May we, like Mary the Virgin Mother, receive the grace you so generously bestow to trust in your Promise and your Plan for us. Amen.
By Julie Cain