2nd Week of Advent: Mary’s Angel
“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and he will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom, there will be no end.” (vv. 30-33)
“How can this be, since I am a virgin?” (v. 34)
“Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” (v. 38)
Mary was little more than a girl, just a young teenager when the angel came to her. As was the custom for girls her age, she was already pledged to be married. The angel’s announcement came in such a way that she knew she would become pregnant before she and Joseph came together, so she understood that Joseph would not be the child’s father. It was quite logical for her to wonder “how?” Her question, however, was not asked out of doubt or disbelief as was Zechariah’s, but out of genuine curiosity.
Even after the angel gave his explanation, it is doubtful that Mary truly understood or fully grasped what was being asked of her. Almost certainly, she would have wondered how Joseph would take the news, what her parents would think, and what others who knew her would say. Such an expectation would have overwhelmed anyone, let alone a young teenager, and she might well have said, “Thanks, but no thanks.” But she didn’t. She trusted God to bring to pass what the angel had told her, and she responded with complete obedience.
We all encounter situations that we need to trust God to work out on our behalf. Sometimes, we don’t need to do anything different than we usually do, but other times, we need to act in obedience to what God wants us to do, even if it is uncomfortable for us, or makes little sense. We may not understand the how’s and the why’s of what we are to do, but we simply need to respond as Mary did: Let it be with me according to your word. In what situations do you sense God telling you to trust and obey Him? What is He prompting you to do?