Today’s Gospel: Luke 1, 46-56
Mary sees herself as a lowly handmaid. Right, Mary, lowly. Great, where does that put me?
I am all over the feeling of lowliness when I compare myself to Mary. In this Gospel, when she takes stock of herself, she proclaims the goodness of God, His mercy, strength and faithfulness to promises. Mary believes in God’s promises. Even in humility, feeling lowly, she is willing to bet her life on God’s ability to work through her. Never thought of her as a gambler.
In the Annunciation God asks and she says “yes”. She answered in faith with no guarantee of what that yes would mean. In the beginning, living that yes for meant for her: risk of condemnation in her community, a road trip while pregnant, and becoming a refugee with an infant. Much more followed, but her recognition that “The Mighty One has done great things for me” is her focus. She is really not much of a whiner. She is tuned into and trusting of God.
If I was in her shoes, If God asked something of me today I am afraid would I say “can’t hear you God, I’m looking at my phone,” “Wait, I have to get the kids,” “I just can’t do one more thing.” Not quite a solid “Yes.” Mary responds to her lowliness by praising God.
How will I praise God today should I begin to feel drained, burdened, discouraged or inadequate for the task?
Lord, who loves the lowly, I am grateful for your mercy, strength and sustenance. Give me the heart of Mary to see your hand in what I will do today. Help me to say yes.
Copyright 2016 Chris & Elaine Weickert
Chris & Elaine are married with six children. Partners in business, family and life, they work, play and hardly get away together. Excited to be new grandparents they have hit rewind on their parenting skills and are ready to go through it all again. Together they run ecommerce sites including CatholicFamilyGifts.com and write on Catholic family and faith at BringingTheFaithHome.com.