When does an ordinary life become extraordinary? A mundane day become revolutionary? A moment in time change history? When God enters in, forgives sin, allows us to begin again. When we repeat those words of Mary – ‘May it be to me as you say’ ~ John Birch
Sometimes, when I read and pray with the Bible, I try to put myself in the story. I try to notice what is going on, who the characters are, what the air is like, etc. This meditation becomes part of my prayer and sometimes it takes on a life of its own, such as this time.
“As I sat in prayer this morning, suddenly (why is it always suddenly) a stranger stood before me, ‘Hello, Donna, chosen by God. God has sent me to tell you that he wants you to bear his Son. His Kingdom will be forever, and he will save his people from themselves! You will call him Jesus.’
‘Huh? What? Who are you? You are scaring me. And what are you talking about? Are you nuts?’
‘Don’t be afraid, chosen one. I am the angel, Gabriel, and God sends me to bring messages to people. He has been waiting for you. He so loves you and he wants you to be the mother of his son.’
‘Well, I do love God. Always. But have God’s Son. What does that even mean? I’m a virgin. Have you any idea what my mother would say. She will lock me up with this crazy story.’
‘Donna, this baby is the Promised One who will save the people from themselves and show them the way to live. You know, they keep getting it wrong.’
‘Do you mean the Messiah? Is that who you’re talking about?’
‘Yes! God has been waiting for you. This is your part.’
‘Oh, boy! Hmm. Holy cow! Are you serious? Really? You can’t be serious. Can you?’
‘I am serious.’
‘Ah yes, then, may it be to me as you say.’”
This is a simple story to bear such holy weight, isn’t it? It reminds us of the One for whom we wait. We have been waiting in Advent. We are waiting to celebrate Jesus‘ birth and we wait for his coming again. We wait for the Kingdom of God and for all to be restored. At this moment, we live in the ‘between’ times – between his birth and his return. He has called us, his followers, to be his Body on earth until then. We who are baptized are re-membered, as we receive his Body and Blood in Holy Communion, to become his Body here on earth. We are to fill the gap. We are to bear Jesus into the world, to tell the story, to do those things he did, show his love to others, to carry forth his light into the darkness and to participate in spreading God’s kingdom on earth. What an amazing and holy commission this is.
So, we wait. God waits. You, O highly favored one – God’s chosen – what is your part in bringing forth Jesus into the world? And what is mine? Will we say with Mary, “May it be done to me as you say?” Lord, grant us the Grace to answer, “Yes.”
Have a very Merry Christmas. Stay Blessed favored one. Come Lord, Jesus!
“We are all meant to be mothers of God. What good is it to me if this eternal birth of the divine Son takes place unceasingly, but does not take place within myself? And, what good is it to me if Mary is full of grace if I am not also full of grace? What good is it to me for the Creator to give birth to his Son if I do not also give birth to him in my time and my culture? This, then, is the fullness of time: When the Son of Man is begotten in us.” – Meister Eckhart