Wednesday, December 20, 2023
Luke 1:26 - 38
Nothing will be impossible for God
“And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.”
Zechariah’s sign that what the angel Gabriel told him was true was to be struck mute. (He sort of asked for it.)
Mary’s sign that what Gabriel told her was true was to learn that Elizabeth would also have a baby boy. Which should have been impossible because of her advanced age.
That was all it took and Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”
Advent gives us another chance to ask ourselves: What does it take for me to believe? Do I only believe if something makes sense to me intellectually? Do I find it hard to believe unless I hear it from someone else? Do I have to experience something physically to believe?
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that “By faith, man completely submits his intellect and his will to God. With his whole being man gives his assent to God the revealer. Sacred Scripture calls this human response to God, the author of revelation, ‘the obedience of faith.'” (143)
Try this: Today’s responsorial Psalm is Psalm 24. Take a moment and read it prayerfully, inviting God to enter your heart as “he is the king of glory.”
Jesus, thank you for the gift of faith. Give us the grace always to be open to hear your voice in Scripture, the Liturgy, and in and through others.