In today's gospel from Luke, we read about the Annunciation. The angel Gabriel appears before Mary and gives her life changing news. She will bear the Son of God.
A striking line from this gospel reads: "But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be."
When we receive a message from God, it can be frightening. This is especially so when we think that what is told or asked just can't happen. By the end of this reading Mary responds "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word."
Could you respond the same way? I think many of us might respond "No." The availability of Mary to respond generously to God's call is what makes her such an important model of the Christian life.
How can you respond generously? Jesus is coming. We have waited all this time, and Christmas is almost here. What can you do to better listen to and respond to the call Jesus gives to you?
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