“Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”

Luke 1:38

Monday, 17 August 2020

Luke 1:26-38

August is women’s month and the church has just celebrated the Assumption of Mary. It is an opportunity to look to Mary, a remarkable woman who said “Yes” to God’s vision even though she did not know the plan. We can begin by asking ourselves when I have been asked to take part in something, could I say “Yes” without knowing the plan or what I would benefit from it?

For most, if not all of us, the answer to that question is “No”. But here we find a young woman (Mary) who says “Here I am, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” She responds without asking for details. She doesn’t need to know God’s plan for the child she is being asked to bring into the world. Some may argue that, perhaps, it is because she was young and naïve. While some may say she had no opportunity to think things through or discuss it with anyone. Maybe she was taken advantage of because of her innocence.

We cannot change the fact that we are all entitled to our opinions, but here is what we know to be true; Mary said “Yes”, and did not ask what she would gain from it. She responded freely, without coercion. She could have said “No”, but out of the trust and faith she had in God, she responded with “Let it be done according to your word”.

What does this say to each one of us? What has God been inviting us to? What has been stopping us from responding? We are invited to choose that which is life-giving for us and to choose it with free will

Lord God,
May I learn to choose your will, even though I do not know the plan, and to trust in you.

Ms Nonto Thulile Mhlongo

Nonto Mhlongo is an intern at the Jesuit Institute, specialising in Ignatian Spirituality.

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