Thursday of the Third Week of Advent
Today’s Gospel tells the story of the “yes” that fulfilled God’s plan He had in mind since the beginning of time. In her “yes”, Mary took on the greatest human role in the history of salvation - God’s mother. It was not as if Mary was wealthy, educated or important. Rather, Mary was young, poor, and unimportant in the eyes of the world. Yet God chose her. Mary’s immediate response was one of the most human responses possible: confusion. How often are we confused and troubled by what the Lord asks of us? How often do we question His power to make it happen? She asks the most basic question, “How can this be that I have had no relation with a man?” Mary is without sin, so she does not fail to trust - still she is confused by how the Lord could create a child in her womb without the natural means. Instead of ignoring the angel and ignoring the question, she continues to trust and accepts the offer, even without clarity on what the future will hold for her.
When we hear the Lord, the natural human response may be confusion and questioning, but Mary exemplifies why we should have enough trust to say “yes”. The Lord’s call for us may seem outside of the natural rules of this world. Let us take risks for the Lord as Mary did and put our comfort on the line for Him. Why would we turn down the Lord’s invitation to us? As Mary brings Christ in her womb to the entire world, God also has a plan for the way He wants us to bring Christ into the world. His story is the greatest story ever told, far greater than any of our individual stories. He wants each one of us to be part of the greater salvation narrative, even amidst our imperfections. How is He calling us to say “yes” to His plan? Are we ready to respond with faith as Mary did?