In today’s Gospel, Mary responds to the angel Gabriel, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Her words are echoed in the US Bishops’ pastoral letter – Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response – where the first primary conviction of the letter is that we are all called to a mature discipleship where we respond to the call of God regardless of the cost. We can hear what Mary said, and read what is written in the pastoral letter, but that does not make us magically mature.
Maturity in faith and discipleship requires work on our part. Just because we get older, that does not mean we mature naturally. We have to study God’s word, practice our stewardship, and reflect on why we do the things we do. Saying yes becomes easier the longer we commit ourselves to growing in this way of life. This Advent we may find ourselves unable to respond like Mary did to God’s call. But with commitment and trust in God, as the months go by in the new year, we may find it easier to surrender it all to God and allow ourselves to be used for his glory.
Third Wednesday of Advent Challenge:
Spend an extra 10 minutes today reading and reflecting on Holy Scripture. Let God speak to you and teach you.