Today’s Gospel tells the cornerstone story for Advent, the Annunciation. The angel Gabriel visits a young unwed girl and tells of God’s plan for her to bear the child of God. Her answer then sets into motion a chain of events that changes all of human history. Her yes is why you are even reading this or why any of this matters. It is her example of true stewardship that leads to God crashing into humanity as the Incarnation.
The U.S. Bishops’ pastoral letter, “Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response,” has as a primary conviction that we are called to be mature disciples who answer the call of Jesus Christ, regardless of the cost. When God called Mary, she could have spent many days and weeks contemplating her answer. Who would blame her? However, even though she was young in years, she was mature in faith. The cost to a young unwed girl at this time in history and in this part of the world could be quite high. But her faith in God was her strength. To be strong enough to answer as Mary did is the goal. It would be great if we could all just be that wise and mature, but that is not how humanity always works. But like the angel Gabriel said, “Nothing will be impossible for God.”
Daily advent challenge:
Read Mary’s Magnificat contained in Luke 1:46-55. Read it slowly and reflect on each line. Ask God to give you the maturity of Our Lady.