Luke 1:34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God….” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”
As I reflect over the Christmas season we have just celebrated, I am especiallymoved by Mary’s words in response to the angel’s announcement that she would conceive and give birth to the Christ child. Though she couldn’t understand how this could possibly be, she said, “Let it be to me according to your word.” I long for this attitude of welcoming the will of God, not merely surrendering passively, but instead actively welcoming. What a great model and inspiration for us. As we begin this New Year, I pray that all of us will more and more be able to let go of our own way of understanding and instead more and more to have faith like Mary, to welcome God’s presence and action and let things be unto us according to God’s will in and through our lives.