December 20 – The Miraculous Conception

Luke 1:26-38:  In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,  to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary.  And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,  and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”

And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren.  For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

 

Mary, receives the news of the lifetime. She has been chosen to be the mother of THE ETERNAL KING. This is the guy EVERYONE has been waiting for. This news would be overwhelming. On top of that the Angel says that “oh by the way, you don’t need to worry about the whole male part of the equation. And your cousin who couldn’t have kids, yeah she’s pregnant.” Talk about information overload.

But Mary responds with acceptance. She accepts the coming future, becoming a social pariah, living a life that no one will understand. She takes that on willingly, because the Lord asked it of her. She puts her trust into the future God has prepared.

How would we respond in that situation, or rather how could we respond? We hear the news of the Eternal King and become overjoyed and then we hear the cost of him coming. Losing the respect of everyone we care about, risking not marrying your fiance, not being able to feed him because no one will hire you. Yet somehow, this child will become King. God has guaranteed it since before you were born. You would hear everyone talking about his coming, but no one would believe that your kid was the one.

Mary accepts this future.

 

Prayer:

Dear God,

Thank you for choosing Mary. Her example points us to you. She responds with acceptance, as we should, and challenges us to be faithfully obedient to your direction. Especially as we get closer and closer to Christmas, we recognize just how difficult it was for you to come into this world as a baby. Help us not to forget.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

 

Carol of the day:

Mary did you know?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifCWN5pJGIE

 

Family Activity:

Photo Album

Use today to take pictures. Whether pictures of nature or ones of the family, take a bunch and get them developed. Once developed, make a booklet of them to commemorate the day.

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