Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.” vs. 38Luke 1:34-38
Mary has come to be revered for many different reasons all around the world. For the Easter Orthodox she is the Theotokos or Mother of God. For some Roman Catholics she is Co-Redemptrix, the redeemer together with Christ of all peoples. For the indigenous people of South America, she is Pachamama or Earth Goddess, the mother of all living things. To put it plainly, she has an amazing fan club! No wonder millions of believers are regularly reciting their Hail Mary’s and offering prayers to her on a daily basis. And even if we haven’t begun thinking of her in divine terms, we can’t help but be drawn to admire her complete submission to the word of the Lord. Even though she didn’t understand her commission she gave her whole future into the hands of God. She would be a simple servant and trust that the Spirit of God would guide and direct her. What a gift it is in this confusing and increasingly complex world to have that kind of faith! We don’t have to know every twist and turn of our life’s journey before we start out. That would actually take the fun out of it. But with faith we can walk with confidence every day. And then, far down the road, we can stop, look back, and say, “Wow, what a life! Thank you, Holy Spirit, for an amazing adventure!”
Thought for the Day: What surprises have I had on my journey?