Saturday, December 20, 2014

Advent Reflection: Luke 1:26-38

Third Wednesday of Advent – Luke 1:26-38

Today’s Gospel opens with the appearance of the Angel Gabriel to Mary. This reading is one of the most familiar stories in the Gospels. The details in the Gospel accounts vary a bit but the basics of the story are similar in the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke. This Gospel is a story that can easily capture our imagination, no matter what our age.

One of the most powerful statements in this passage is the angel’s message to Mary: “the Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.” Take a moment and ask yourself: When in your life have you experienced the power of the Most High overshadowing you? When have you sensed God’s presence in an almost tangible way? What were the circumstances of your life at that time?

The gift is Jesus comes to us every day! However, we need to be open, alert and attentive or we may miss His coming completely. Personally, I prefer for God to “skywrite” for me—so I know that the message truly is from God. Most likely we will not have an angel of God appearing to us as Mary experienced. However, we may have a friend, family member or a stranger appear when we need them the most. This person may be God’s angel for me today. Today open your eyes and hearts! Expect and welcome the “angels” God will send to you!

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