As our “Angels Among Us” advent series continues, this week, we hear the story of Mary discovering her life is about to change. In one of the strangest call stories I’ve ever heard, the angel tells her, she’ll become pregnant and give birth to the son of God. And her answer is astounding, “Let it be with me according to your word.”
Let it be…not why? or why me?
Let it be…not any of the colorful, less than pastoral responses I might imagine.
Let it be.
It’s enough to make one sing the Beatles. (Yes, I know Paul wrote it about his mother, not the mother of Jesus, but he also said we listeners can interpret it however we want.)
What inner qualities did Mary possess that allowed her to answer in such a powerful way? Strength, courage, faith, curiosity, resiliency, compassion, humility, and more. She must have been terrified. And yet scripture describes her response as “perplexed,” by what the angel suggests. Let’s study the story again, together, this Sunday, “Nothing is impossible: #morepeace.”
I’ll see you on Sunday,