It’s an impossible scene. A young woman, 12, 13, 14 years old visited by a messenger from God called Gabriel, and told that she will give birth to the Messiah. Anyone who knew anything about the faith and its history would know that this is a big deal, and that this is a tall order. And in all of it, I am always struck by Mary’s response in verse 38: “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” You can sense the humility. You can sense the wisdom. This young woman had wisdom beyond her years, and a faith that I long for. She always makes me wonder how many “words from the Lord” I’ve missed or dismissed because they were too hard, too strange, or too much.
We have very practical, everyday lives to live. We do. We need to pay the bills, shovel the sidewalk, mow the lawn, do laundry, go to the office, and any number of other things. We just do. And those are beautiful and important pieces to our lives. I don’t want to diminish the beauty in the common. But I think there are also extraordinary things to which God calls us- maybe not as extraordinary as Mary’s call, but extraordinary, nonetheless. This God is real. I really believe that. I doubt, I get afraid, and I’m sometimes uncertain, but there is something that always calls me back. And this God wants us to live lives of peace, harmony, and wholeness. And sometimes, in order for God to do that, God calls upon us to be vessels of good news to people. In a sense we all are called to a Mary-like existence, carrying and delivering a loving and compassionate God to the world. The question is, do we make ourselves available saying, “here am I, the servant of the Lord. Let it be with me according to your word”?