We begin our prayer in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
In Luke (1:38), we hear, "Then Mary said, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her."
An angel of the Lord approaches Mary with a wild plan. She has been chosen to have a son. This child will be the Savior of the world. Will she accept this mission?
Mary asks a few questions, but not quite the ones we might ask. She is concerned with the logistics. She wonders how this will happen. She is curious. We, on the other hand, would have asked: what will happen to me? Apparently, Mary is not as concerned with her own well-being as she trusts God. She wants to do God's will. How much do we trust God?
Mary whole heartedly agrees to this new life. Does she know people will question her marriage? Or realize that her son will suffer and die? How could she know? She does not worry about what will happen to her. She says yes.
Mary embraces possibilities. She recognizes her part in the story of the kingdom of God. She might not know the outcome, but she knows that what she is doing is for God and the whole world.
I wonder if each of us could be as open as Mary to the possibilities of God working through us. It is a scary and exciting prospect requiring not a small amount of courage and trust!
We pray: Lord help us to be open to the amazing possibilities that saying yes to your presence in our lives has to offer. Amen.
With hearts looking forward to an amazing gift of love we continue our holy day in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.