“I am the handmaid of the Lord, may your word be fulfilled for me”.
Luke 1: 26-38- Christmas thoughts on the Annunciation.
When the angel spoke to Mary, she was at first troubled. Who wouldn’t be that disturbed when faced with such a visitor who greeted her with such words of blessing? “Greetings, full of grace/favored woman, the Lord is with you“.
God did not choose Mary by chance. After the Angel had delivered his message, Mary gave her consent
“I am the servant of the Lord. May your word be fulfilled for me.”
These words shed light on the person of this young woman.
She knows and trusts her God. “I am the handmaid of the Lord“. She has learned to obey God’s commandments. She is subject to her Lord. Then she pronounces these extraordinary words: “May your word be fulfilled for me“. Mary accepts God’s choice, she makes God’s will her own by saying this prayer.
Don’t you think she was aware of the consequences of her YES to God? She was going to lose her reputation (a virgin daughter) and maybe even her fiancé. But she did not let fear or insecurity of an uncertain tomorrow hinder her willingness to obey God. Perhaps the knowledge that her relative Elizabeth, an elderly woman, who was pregnant because nothing is impossible to God, was a source of faith for Mary. And because she said yes, the Saviour and Lord of the world, Jesus was born. He inaugurated a new era, that of the Kingdom of God coming to planet earth.
If I share this, it is to exhort us to follow Mary’s example so that we, like her, can say to God: “May your word be fulfilled for me“. Each time we read the Word that addresses promises to us, let us make it a subject of prayer while collaborating with the Holy Spirit, until it is fulfilled. There are so many words in the Gospels that are for us who believe. The apostle Paul summed them up by saying that God wants to make us like the image of Jesus, so that he may be the first of many brothers _knowing that the New Testament speaks of sons (here brothers) of God in connection with the inheritance to be received, which includes men and women(Rom 8:29; Gal 3:28)_.
We are called to imitate God by following the example of Jesus, our elder brother, our model (Eph. 5: 1-2). For as Jesus said: “He who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Above all, we are called to love as he loves. From this everything else flows, because love is concrete, visible, beneficial and contagious.
What do you think of Jesus’ words: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth in me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do, because I go unto my Father (John 14:12). And again:
“It is not you who have chosen me, but I have chosen you, and I have appointed you to go and bear fruit, and your fruit shall abide. Then whatever you shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it to you” (John 15:16).
Jesus came at Christmas, not to give us a passport to heaven, but so that we might find our original bond with God, that we might share his divine nature and his glory in his plan for humanity.
So, in these times of uncertainty, when people need hope and love, let us not cease to say: “Lord, may your word be fulfilled for me”, so that we may be bearers of the Life of the Most High which drives out the darkness, ready to face whatever cost we will have to pay.
MERRY CHRISTMAS LORD!
And for you who read this small meditation, I wish you a Merry Christmas 2020 and Happy New Year 2021, in the Peace and Light of the Most High.