November 30 - The Annunciation
by Kathleen Norris
Mary's "How can this be?" is a simpler response than Zechariah's and also more profound. She does not lose her voice but finds it. Like any of the prophets, she asserts herself before God, saying, "Here am I." There is no arrogance, however, but only holy fear and wonder. Mary proceeds--as we must do in life--making her commitment without knowing much about what it will entail or where it will lead. I treasure the story because it forces me to ask: When the mystery of God's love breaks through into my consciousness, do I run from it? Do I ask of it what it cannot answer? Shrugging, do I retreat into facile clichés, the popular but false wisdom of what "we all know"? Or am I virgin enough to respond from my deepest, truest self, and say something new, a "yes" that will change me forever?
Watch For the Light
Readings for Advent and Christmas
Making a commitment “without knowing much about what it will entail or where it will lead” is a very, very tough thing for me to do. I need a plan – a detailed plan. I need to know the route to my destination and how long it will take. I need to know what to expect both along the way and when I arrive. I pour over maps. I plan agendas and make lists.
But deep down what I really want to do is offer an unconditional, trusting “yes” and be changed forever.