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Advent Reflection 3: Receiving Jesus

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Luke 1: 26 – 38 – Mary
26 – In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 - to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David.  The virgin’s name was Mary.  28 – The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.” 29 – Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.  30 – But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God.  31 – You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.  32 – He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.  The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 – and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; his kingdom will never end.”  34 – “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”  35 – The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will over-shadow you.  So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.  36 – Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month.  37 – For nothing is impossible with God.  38 – “I am the Lord’s servant”, Mary answered.  “May it be to me as you have said.”  Then the angel left her.

This is the third week of Advent, halfway to Christmas.  You are either ready for Christmas or not.  The TV stations are full of adverts encouraging us to buy their products.  If we are ready or not, Christmas is coming, it is a fact.

As we reflect on the above scripture and think about Mary, a young woman, was she ready to hear angel Gabriel’s message?  May be not but something was going to happen to her, it would change her life forever.  Did Mary say that she was not ready?  Her response to angel Gabriel was “May it be to me as you have said”.  Is Father God asking you to do something?  Is it something that is totally outside of your comfort zone?  Are you able to say the words that Mary said, “May it be to me as you have said”.  If you know Father God or not and are wondering what He might have for you to do, ask Him.  If it is helpful to say a prayer, then pray this prayer.

Heavenly Father, at this busy time of preparing for Christmas, I ask your Son Jesus Christ to come and live in my heart and that I would have your peace.  I ask that you would reveal your plans and purposes for my life.  I want to be able to say what Mary said, “May it be to me as you have said”.  In Jesus Name, Amen

Virginia Grant, 08/12/2016