What intellectual, emotional and spiritual maturity Mary displayed! She was, after all, just a teenager, one whom some believe at an earlier age had vowed her virginity to God. What courage she had to ask the angel Gabriel, "How can that be? I know not man." What grace God showered on her that she might have the faith to step forward and do what He was asking of her, something which from the eyes of the world was impossible, made little sense and would, in fact, place her at risk of being stoned. To have such faith in God is to be His fearless and trusting servant.
How many times have we disappointed God by scoffing at what He was prompting us to do, believing that it was impossible to do what He asked of us, or that we were not worthy or talented enough to do so or that we were afraid of what others might think of us or do to us if we obeyed His directions? When God asks us to do something, we should do it – immediately, without hesitation and with full confidence that He will achieve His will through us – no matter how improbable or impossible or difficult or counter cultural His request may appear. How often has that been our response?
It had been widely popular a few years back to suggest that before taking any action, we should ask ourselves: “What would Jesus do?” Fair enough. Today’s readings suggest another worthwhile question: “What is Jesus asking me to do?”
Bet our lives and the lives of those around us would be substantially different if we got into the habit of asking ourselves both of these questions. What do you think?