“Mary’s ‘Yes’ to God”
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Advent 4 – “Mary’s ‘Yes’ to God”
My soul rejoices in God by Val Goldsack from “Love Divine”
To live in the present moment is not to be worried or anxious about the past or to plan too much for the future, we leave the past to God’s mercy and we place the future in God’s hands. Instead let us put all our efforts into living the present as well as we can.
Last week we reflected on God’s unimaginable light drawing near during Advent. Now we invite you think how this light was brought into the world.
The Jewish people were waiting for the arrival of a Messiah who would restore the kingdom of God. They were expecting a civil or military leader who would banish the Romans. Would the Messiah march triumphantly into Jerusalem? Or would it all happen in some other way?
God always does the unexpected and brought light into the world by human means, by Mary’s Yes to the Angel Gabriel.
In St Luke’s Gospel we hear Mary’s response: “Let what you have said be done unto me”.
This ‘Yes’ said with the whole of her being resonates through time. It brings about God’s plan for the world. “And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke2:7)
Jesus turned the world’s expectations upside down. He had a different idea of what the kingdom of God means. It is not an earthly kingdom but a kingdom of justice and peace.
At the beginning of his ministry when he started speaking in the synagogue, we hear, again in Luke’s Gospel, how Jesus read from the scroll and so defined his mission:
“The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” (Luke4:18-19)
Mary’s ‘Yes’ to God brought Christ into the world and brought about this new kingdom on earth where justice and peace reign.
We pray that our ‘Yes’ to God will continue to bring Christ’s presence into the world.
You whom God has chosen
To give His Son to humanity…
you who risked
to hand over your life
lovingly to your Lord…
to defy my doubts and my fears,
in order to become, like you,
a servant of hope for others:
Grant me the humility to be obedient
and to place my trust
in the Lord my God.
Guide me along the paths of happiness
which lead me to respond
to the needs of others.
Make the desire and the power of ‘Yes’
grow within me s
o that my faith may take root
(We have been unable to identify the source for this poem. If you are able to identify it please let us know and we will acknowledge it.)
We often feel inadequate, the problems of the world seem too big for us to begin to solve, we pray that, like, Mary, we will say ‘Yes’ to God in each and every moment of our lives.