|(artwork of Joseph F Brickley)|
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever. (Luke 1 47-55).
There is much to be said about being a faithful servant of the Lord. Often we commit and then fall short. Our inability to complete the task leaves us with an empty feeling, sometimes one of failure. Saying "yes" to God's plan (as I've said before) is not always easy. Sometimes it means giving up what we've become so comfortable with. It can thrust us into a spotlight we'd rather not be standing in. It can become overwhelming.
Mary did not think ahead to what her acceptance of God's will for her would mean. She, nonetheless, accepted it without hesitation and without questioning it. This is what a faithful servant does. How often have we fought with him over some simple part of his plan simply because we weighed the potential outcome and have found it to be too frightening or too difficult? Where was our faith in that moment? We know where Mary's was!
Make your commitment to God one that is worthy of the Creator! Make it one that worships him! Make it your best! Remember his mercy, remember his blessings, remember the faith that his lowly handmaiden had - let your heart and soul rejoice and accept his calling with the words "behold - be it unto me according to thy word" (Luke 1:38)