Promises, Promises. We fully understand the power of a promise. It has the power to fulfill, and it has the power to destroy. Promises kept fill us with faith. Promises broken can fill us with despair. Today’s readings remind us that God makes promises, and God keeps promises. And the key figure in the promise, Mary, does not DO anything. She allows God to do something to her. Too often in the spiritual life we think we need to do a lot. But, like Mary, the Blessed Mother, we simply need to allow God to do what he will to make us the person he has created us to be.
She said yes. How excited when this is an answer to a marriage proposal? There is such joy and happiness when this happens. That moment of certainty when all is right with the world. There is a great unity between two people.
Life is filled with brokenness. We do not need to look very far at all to see the ways in which sin and suffering are present in our world. In the midst of this, God remains present in our midst. And during the season of Advent, Jesus is very much present to us in the example given my his mother. May we pray that just as Mary knew and followed God, so too may we.