Wednesday 25 March 2020
The Annunciation of the Lord
Isaiah 7:10-14, 8:10. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will – Psalm 39(40):7-11. Hebrews 10:4-10. Luke 1:26-38.
‘Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.’
Today we are invited to meet Mary, a young woman called into motherhood and a plan beyond her imagination. She is terrified and yet somehow says ‘Yes!’
God’s dream for us is larger than what we plan for ourselves. If we open our hearts fully in our relationship to our God, and in connecting and engaging in the world, there are undoubtedly twists and turns in our journey. We will be taken beyond the safe and the comfortable life we might have imagined for ourselves. Indeed, as Frederick Buechner assures us, ‘the place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet’. Mary was filled with such gladness (Luke 1:46-55) in her call to bring great life to the world. Let’s take time today to ponder Luke’s account of the Annunciation, attending to what moves within us as we pray.