Saying 'Yes' to God

Sunday Reflection

20th December 2020

'let it be to me according to your word'

  'And Mary said,
 "Behold, I am the servant
  of the Lord;
  let it be to me
  according to your word."

....Luke 1:38

Whose agenda
are we following?

Our own or God's?
Whose will are we doing?
Our own or God's?
Whose kingdom
are we building up?
Our own or God's?

In the story of the
Annunciation which is part
of the set readings
for today,
the disobedience of
Adam and Eve is overturned,
and Mary's "Yes" to God
opens the doorway for the
salvation of mankind.

This is the crucial
moment when,
from Mary's lips,
and her heart,
the answer comes:

'Let it be to be according
to your word.'

It is the moment of free,
humble obedience in which
the greatest choice
of human freedom is made.

The Annunciation
is the word of God,
through the messenger,
to Mary.

 'You have found
  favour with God.
  The power
  of the Holy Spirit
  will come upon you.
  You will give birth
  to the Saviour.
  Mary asks,
 "How can this be?"
  The angel/messenger
  said to her,
 "Nothing will be
  impossible with God."

The call of God
is to an ordinary woman
to do something extraordinary.

Mary gives herself to this most
wonderful and most unique
of all missions.
She declares herself
to be the Lord's handmaid -
literally, in Greek,
the Lord's slave-maid.

And here again is a divine paradox:
that in this act of giving herself
entirely to the Lord,
she becomes his slave,
"the greatest choice
of human freedom"
is enacted.

Mary shows us how to be
a follower of Jesus;
who to make a loving surrender
into the hands of
the God who loves us.

When we wonder if we can make
such an act of trust
and abandonment into
the hands of God let us
remember that when God
calls us, he also equips us,
giving us his grace,
and the abilities,
to do what he requires of us.

Surrendering to God,
making that act of trust
or abandonment into
the hands of God,
is not easy.

It means letting go,
facing into the unknown,
and the unknown scares us.

We are all faced with
decisions like Mary.

Will we surrender to God
and allow God to do what,
from our human point of view,
seems impossible?

Will we surrender our agenda
and our will to God and
allow God's agenda,
will and kingdom to
become a reality?
When Mary surrendered,
Jesus came.

If we really hear the gospel,
if we truly perceive the voice
of the One who calls us,
there is encouragement--
we have found favour with God--
but there is also a growing edge,
and that is to reflect in
our own lives the
very nature of God:

To save; to bless;
to do great things for God;
to make God's name Holy;
to be merciful,
to be reverent; to be strong;
to put away pride;
to place our leadership
under the judgment of God;
to remember that God is on
the side of the oppressed;
to feed the hungry;
to serve; and to do all
of this in remembrance of him.

It's a big ask -
and not an easy thing to do.

So, what is God saying to us
today and
what are we saying to God?

What is impossible for us
is possible for God.