Advent Reflection 12/23/14
In the sixth month, 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, favored one! 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.
Imagine if you were in Mary’s shoes, and an angel appeared to you with this message. I can tell you that I would have had a lot more questions for Gabriel. But even though Mary was troubled and confused by what she heard, her response was “Yes,” without hesitation or qualification.
In contrast, the “yes” in my prayer is often followed by “but.”
Yes, Lord, I know that your love is enough for me, but I really want a husband.
Yes, Lord, I know that you know what’s best for me, but surely that includes having kids.
Let us follow Mary’s example, and respond to God with a simple “Yes, may it be done to me according to your word.”
Mary also responded to the angel’s announcement with praise. Join in Mary’s canticle of praise, and make it your prayer today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FolAovi3-Vw