December 21, 2021
Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase from the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.
Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. (Luke 1:39-45)
BLESSED ARE YOU AMONG WOMEN: Mary is the ultimate example of one who understood how precious it was to receive a gift from God, and responded accordingly.
Can you even imagine what Mary must have been thinking, how she must have felt, when the angel appeared to her, and revealed the gift she was receiving from God? A 13 or 14-year-old girl, being told that she had been chosen to carry and give birth to the Christ child?
She could have rejected this gift. She could have given the angel any number of valid excuses: “It’s too overwhelming. I’m not prepared. I’m too young. Choose someone else.”
But she did not. Instead, Mary honored God by showing sincere gratitude.
She recognized that being chosen for this responsibility was a gift. She was open to the gift and accepted it lovingly, which took incredible faith. She believed what she was told and embraced the unique gift. “Blessed are you who believed what was spoken to you,” Elizabeth told her.
Finally, she shared this gift with the world. Knowing the heartache it would ultimately bring her, she still shared this gift by sending Jesus out into the world to do His work.