“And my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed.”

Luke 1:47-48

Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Luke 1:47-48

Many of us believe we are entitled to, or qualify for, certain things in life because we have the status or qualifications to show for it. However, when God calls us to greater things, we may struggle to find ourselves worthy of the call. At times the doubts are born from our lack of self-worth. At other times we are overwhelmed at being trusted with something so great. Surely when Mary uttered these words, she must have been asking herself, “Who am I? Why has God singled me out? Why has God chosen me for this?”

We often ask these questions too, when we feel incapable or overwhelmed. There are some words of wisdom from St Angela Merici, founder of the Ursuline Sisters, “Do not lose heart, even if you discover that you lack qualities necessary for the work to which you are called. He who called you will not desert you, but the moment you are in need, he will stretch out his saving hand.”

God knew that his humble servant, Mary, was capable of what he had chosen for her. She never knew what was in store for her, but all generations, from that time to today, call her blessed.

God had a purpose for her life, just like he has for each of our lives. It is up to us to believe and trust that he would not put us where we are if he did not have a plan. We need to ask ourselves if we have enough trust that God has a plan. Do we have faith to wait for God to reveal his plan to us?

Lord God,
I pray today that I may learn from Mary to trust in you. May I be humble in waiting patiently, knowing you will not desert me.

Ms Nonto Thulile Mhlongo

Nonto Mhlongo works at the St Lucia Retreat and Training Centre giving retreats. She has completed the spiritual direction training programme with the Jesuit Institute.

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