The Gospel from the first chapter of Luke (1: 26-38) is one that I wish I had never read before: almighty God sends an angelic messenger to a virgin in a small town in Israel, asking her to be the mother of God’s incarnate Son, the eternal Messiah.
If I were reading this for the first time, I would be provoked to deep reflection. What kind of God would choose a poor unknown young woman from an oppressed people to bear God’s only Son? What kind of young lady, after receiving a brief answer as to how such an impossible thing could be possible, would acquiesce – “Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord”?
Sadly, my mind titles this familiar yet incredibly provocative story “The Annunciation,” and I don’t ponder and question as I should.
Why did Mary say yes so wholeheartedly? Mary trusted. She was initially troubled, yes, but she accepted God’s plan as Love, and entered in with her whole being- body, mind and soul.
I want that trust, that freedom to accept his plan over mine. When my work for the Lord is put on hold because of chaos in the world around me, I want to be free of fear, accepting changes as God’s loving plan. When I am not who I hope to be, I want to contemplate God’s love for me in my weakness, and trust.
I look with new eyes at this miraculous story today; I choose to trust, accept, love, and say, “Let it be done to me according to your word.”
Sarah Summers Granger
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