Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent
Isaiah 7:10-14, Psalm 24:1-6, & Luke 1:26-28
Our Gospel narrative for today is Saint Luke's account of the Annunciation, which concludes with Mary's total response of acceptance, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to Your Word." Mary, who is significantly favored, responds with her whole life to the grace she has received. For Saint Luke, Mary is not simply the mother of Jesus; she is the perfect disciple of Jesus. Like him, she gives herself over to God's purpose for her life.
The Gospel account indicates that she had to discern and come to terms with God's purpose for her life. She was disturbed by the words of the angel Gabriel and had many questions. At the birth of Jesus, she would ponder as well as treasure the words of the shepherds. When Jesus was twelve years old, she would consider and treasure His words to herself and Joseph, her husband. She pondered and reflected on discerning what God was asking of her.
We are all trying to be disciples, inspired by the example of Mary. Like her, we struggle at times to know what God wants for us here and now. We try to give ourselves as generously as Mary did, even during our many questions. She shows how one can be faithful without fully comprehending what God is doing in our own lives and the lives of others. As we take the path of discipleship that Mary took, looking to her to help us, we ask her to pray for us, sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Thank you, Mother Mary. Thank you very much.
Question of the Day: What question will you ask Mary to help discern your obedience to God?
Prayer: "Let the Lord enter; He is the King of glory." (Psalm 24)