Monday, December 12, 2022
Luke 1:26 - 38
Finding favor with God
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE Day
Gabriel continues, telling Mary that her Son “will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give Him the throne of David, His father.”
Mary was a good Jewish girl, and she had studied her Scriptures. She would have gotten all the implications of this message, its nuance, and its importance. She would have realized that not only was this not an ordinary pregnancy, but this was also the Messiah coming through her.
If ever there was a mic-drop moment in salvation history, this has to be it.
Finding favor with God, as it happens, comes with a lot of responsibility. But God didn’t demand that she do it. He asked. She could have said no.
And maybe, given the enormity of what He’s asking of her, that makes her yes even more powerful. She knew what she had agreed to. She said yes anyway.
Sometimes, what we’re asked to do isn’t as much about what we can or should do but what God’s asking us to do. And often, we can find Him in the mundane and dreary everyday tasks. He speaks to us not with angels and fireworks but with duties and obligations.
Saying yes takes a toll, but when we’re saying yes to God, we can be sure that it brings us joy.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mystical Rose,
make intercession for the Holy Church,
protect the Sovereign Pontiff,
help all those who invoke thee in their necessities,
and since thou art the ever Virgin Mary,
and Mother of the True God,
obtain for us from thy most holy Son the grace of keeping our faith,
of sweet hope in the midst of the bitterness of life,
of burning charity and the precious gift of final perseverance.
SOURCE: Creighton University Online Ministries
Playlist of the week
Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus
Come Now Almighty King
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Come Jesus Prince of Peace
Creator of the Stars of Night
I Am the Light of the World
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