The angel said, “Do not be afraid, Mary. You have found favor
with God. You shall conceive and bear a son and give him the
name Jesus.” Mary replied, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the
power of the most high will overshadow you.” Luke 1:26-38
God asked Mary to be the mother of the Messiah. She trusted that God
knew what was best for her and said yes. How often she must have pondered the angel’s words! Would she be a good mother? Would she make the right decisions for her child? She wondered how she could possibly exercise authority over the Word of God made flesh. And yet she wasn’t afraid to use her God-given gifts to do what God asked. We, too, are called to be open to God’s plan
for us and to use our gifts well.
MARY SPEAKS TO YOU
“You have received many gifts from God: talents, the capacity for leadership, and opportunities for exercising authority. You can use these gifts for good purposes or for selfish ones. I beg you, use your gifts well. Don’t be afraid of your talents and responsibilities. Remember my joy when I showed my child to the shepherds. I was so happy that I had allowed God’s power to work through me.”
Jesus, my Lord, I ask you, in Mary’s name, to help me be open to God’s will. Make sure I grow in gratitude for the gifts and talents God has given me. Help me to be like Mary in both my gratitude and goodness. And, like her, let me always trust your Christmas purposes. Amen.