Monday, 29 October 2012

Monday - ready to serve

Prayer:  We give You thanks and praise O Lord,  for Your holy name which You have made to dwell in our hearts and for the knowledge, and faith, and ever lasting life, which You have given to us through Your son,  Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Read St. Luke 1: 34 - 38

Mary asks Gabriel how she will become “with child” since she is a virgin.   Ooh, wouldn’t you have loved to have been the Lord’s Messenger that would have to answer that simple question!     Fortunately,   Gabriel does not have to give Mary a lesson in biology and reproduction.  Gabriel replies that the Holy Spirit will come down upon Mary.  It means "to betroth." The betrothal was much stronger than an engagement. It was a legally binding promise of marriage. The woman who was betrothed was regarded as though she were already married. The only way to be released from a betrothal was to go through divorce proceedings.   The betrothal usually lasted for an entire year. Yet,  unfaithfulness on the part of the bride was punishable by death (Deuteronomy 22:23-29).
Then Gabriel tells Mary some exciting news – Elizabeth is in her sixth month of pregnancy.   What a delight. 

Mary’s  response is one where we discover Mary’s  faith, humility, and obedience.  She replies, “May it be to me as you have said.”     Nine simple words.    But could any of us today have answered the Lord’s Messenger with this phrase?    I am ready to serve.   Did Mary have the opportunity to say, “no thanks.  Not for me.”  Of course she did.  But instead she said that she was ready to serve God.

The angel then left Mary.

This day,  remember the phrase “I am ready to serve”.   And do!

Prayer:  Great God,  I am ready to serve You this day.   Great God, I am ready to do Your will.  Open my heart and mind and ears so that I may hear Your call.  Amen.

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