The Advent Season, a period of four weeks before Christmas Day, is intended to be a time of preparation for Christians. It can include quiet moments we set aside for watching, waiting and praying for a new experience in Christ. As surely as He spoke to Mary, Joseph, and shepherds, God can speak to us during this time of expectation.
Mary the Chosen One
God sent the angel Gabriel to speak to Mary. The message Gabriel brought? He wanted Mary to play a special role in God’s divine plan. Even though she was an unlikely candidate for the job. Females in Jewish society were not seen as people. They were considered to be property. They had no rights of their own — certainly were not seen as someone who could have a hand in saving the world.
How shocking for God to choose a young virgin to bear God’s son. But that’s the way it is with God. He calls unlikely people. God didn’t ask Mary if she was willing. He expected her to obey.
Mary asked the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”
The angel answered her but he didn’t explain exactly how it would all work. He told her God would take care of things. God would be with her.
That was enough for Mary.
With a gigantic leap of faith, she accepted God’s call.
When we are called to a task, let’s strive to be as courageous as Mary, who knew that with God nothing is impossible.