Advent 2013

Second Monday of Advent - December 9th

Gn 3: 9-15, 20 / Ps 98: 1-4 / Eph 1: 3-6, 11-12 / Lk 1, 26-38

I can’t imagine being in Mary’s position and so easily responding, ‘“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.”’ I think if the Angel Gabriel were to approach me and tell me that I was with child - not only a child, but the “Son of the most High,” I would scoff at the idea that God would ever deem me worthy of such a task.

I am sure Mary was asking the same questions that we would have asked: “Why me?” and “Can I do this?” Our lesson today is that God has more faith in us than we can even begin to understand. Even though Mary may not have believed in herself at the moment, she trusted that God would not leave her side and appoint her with a task that she could not handle.

It is so easy to become overwhelmed with life when trying to juggle school work, a social life, and everything else that makes up our lives. It seems that there is no time to invest in a relationship with God when our days are already jam packed with homework, classes, and the occasional several hours of sleep. However, what we must remember is that God would never give us too much to handle. Even when we don’t have faith in ourselves, God believes in us.

Alissa Welker
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences – Class or 2016