Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved the Christmas Story. I gazed in wonder at every manger scene, large and small. My grandma had the most beautiful set of figures, replete with shepherds and sheep, elegant Magi who were accompanied by a camel driver and camel, and especially the serene holy family, with Baby Jesus lying in His wooden manger on a bed of hay. I was always especially interested in Mary. A teenager who said “yes” to God.
Can you even imagine? A visitation by a heavenly being with a message that she would become the mother of the Son of God! It is true that Mary was a very special young girl. She was a little troubled at first, when the angel came to her and told her that she was “highly favored.” But once she cleared up her question about how this could happen, she agreed right away. “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” Luke 1: 38.
No more questions; no dissembling; no protesting that “surely, you don’t mean little ol’ me.” Just, “Whatever You say, Lord. I am Your handmaid.”
Mary was the first Bride. She was ready to hear Him and to obey. The Son of God was to be formed in her. Now, since His work on earth, He is to be formed in us! Are we ready? Really ready, to say with Mary, “Behold, your servant. Be it unto me according to thy word.”
I don’t know if Mary understood all that her obedience that night would require of her in the future, but it surely changed the world! And because of her obedience, we can now have that Holy Thing born in us. May we carry the fruit of obedience with the faith that He is still changing the world.
Let’s Pray: Holy Father, help us to hear Your word and obey it like sweet Mary. May the Holy Ghost and the power of the Highest form Christ in us, that the world might know that You came to save them. In Jesus’ name,