Sunday, December 18, 2011

Mary's response

Today is the 4th Sunday in Advent, when we traditionally think of the Blessed Virgin, as is seen in our Gospel reading. Having heard the announcement of the angel, Mary's response is 'how can this be?' Gabriel tells her that the Holy Spirit will come upon her. And Mary, despite the fears that she must surely have had says 'let it be done with me according to your word.'

Mary's question is one for us all to hold in our hearts. When we feel God's call upon us, instead of looking for ways to avoid what we are called to do, instead we must ask instead 'how can this be?' And the answer to our question will be, like hers, that God will strengthen us with his Spirit, so that we may also respond in the words that Mary used 'let it be done with me according to your word.' Amen

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