Monday, December 12, 2016

Reflection: Luke 1:26-38

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe – Luke 1:26-38

This Gospel from Luke is one that is very familiar to us.  It is the story of Mary’s Annunciation when the angel appeared to her and revealed to her that she would conceive and bear a Son.  Ask yourself:  how do you think Mary reacted emotionally to the angel’s appearance and to the angel’s words that she would have a child, even though she had not been with a man?  

Luke says that Mary was extremely troubled at the angel’s news.  She must have had many questions and concerns:  What did all this mean?  How was this to come about?  What would she tell Joseph?  This tale was too fantastic for him to believe!  Would he believe her or reject her?  Yet somehow in the midst of her turmoil, Mary was able to trust God.  And she freely consented to what God was asking of her.  

At times, Jesus (and life) also presents us with difficult or painful situations that may stir up a storm of emotion in us.  How do we respond?  Do we get angry, fearful or anxious?  Do we distance ourselves from God?  Do we gradually come to believe that God is with us?   Do we trust that God will guide and grace us?  

We have a wonderful model in Mary.  Like Mary, we need to keep ourselves grounded in the God we know, trust, and love.  If we do this, then we may believe and trust that we will receive the grace and strength we need.  This will bring us peace.  God will bring us peace!

Today may we ask Mary to pray for us.  She has walked in these shoes.  She will walk with us always!

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