The Birth of Jesus Foretold

The Birth of Jesus Foretold


Reflection on the Gospel of the Thursday
In The Second Week Of Advent

The Immaculate Conception Of The Blessed Virgin Mary


Luke 1: 26-38

For with God nothing will be impossible.

Mary said YES, to the call she was invited to, by the Angel, but we must note that it is not easy to answer a call or take decisions to things when they suddenly come upon you. This needs to be understood in Mary’s daily routine to set aside time to pour her heart to the Lord, spend time in prayer, and to build and lean on a strong relationship with the Lord God. The Angels appearance may have been surprising, but hearing Gods voice must have been normal for her. And this time God offered her a lifetime long challenge – to become Mother of God, i.e. to give birth to a child through the Holy Spirit – God Himself, a call to be a part of Salvation history, this call was special… This call is to be understood in the background of her own childhood and birth. God needed a holy place, where to reside in – and He had chosen Marys womb  – and hallowed it, thus entering the world of humanity through it.

Mary expressed her thoughts, not doubts and also her concerns, she needed to have clarity of the process – Yes become the mother of the Saviour –  how? just like that, what was the path forward in this call? And when it was explained it was a divine willed action, on the part of God, and He it is who would be her Husband, she must have accepted this with reverential-awe, trembling, and out of the sureness she had acquired of God, through the relationship she had with Him, i.e. of being being fully transparent before Him. Her YES brought God with among us, because of her YES we are privileged to see God face – face.

Come Holy Spirit, overshadow us and bring us to fruition with/for God. Help us to spend more time with the Lord and to desire a full relationship with Him, and like Mary give us the confidence and assuredness to say Yes to the challenges he offers us.

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