"Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord."
Such a small passage from St. Luke. 1: 38 And Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her. This young virgin woman, betrothed to Joseph, who one day was just going about her business, And all of the sudden she sees an Angel, telling her that she's going to be the mother of the Messiah. (Or as Catholics we say the mother of God, hey Jesus is God) Now can you imagine this young lady, fearful of what she is seeing, and realizing what's about to happen. Now she hears "Do not be afraid, for you have found favor with God." Of all the young women out there, She here's that she has found favor in the the Lord. Now she here's it. She here's she's going to bear the Redeemer of the World. And she wants to know how in the world this is going to happen. As Gabriel explains this to her, rather than doubt God, Mary simply answers "Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord, may it be done to me according to your word." No more doubt no more question, just ok. I'll do what the Lord asks me to do.
I thought about this as the priest spoke this week. How many times has the Lord called us as women to do something particular, and we've questioned him? Well I supposed its alright to ask a question, but how many times do we run the other way. What would have happened if Mary had run the other way and said no way no how I am not doing this, you've picked the wrong person, rather than simply submit to God's will and say, "I am the handmaid of the Lord."
What would happen if we Ladies (gentlemen can you take from this?) when the Lord said "I want you to do this for me" Or you are called to...... What if we stopped running and said prayerfully "Lord I am your servant, I will do as you have called me to do" Mary did it, and she bore us Jesus. What kind of results would this produce for us as Christians? Well obviously we aren't going to have any more virgin births....but what about with work, our children, giving a stranger a hug, or being generous to someone we just can't get along with or don't like. How about Volunteering at a place like a nursing home or soup kitchen, or surrendering that thing we just can't give up? Behold I am the servant of the Lord, may it be done to me according to your word.
I'm not through yet. In today's busy world it seems impossible to go the extra mile and stop life for a moment to think of something else or someone else, but in truth lets contemplate, how can we take this statement of a woman so great that all generations have called her blessed and model it in our own lives?
PATER aeterne, offero tibi Corpus et Sanguinem, animam et divinitatem dilectissimi Filii Tui, Domini nostri, Iesu Christi, in propitiatione pro peccatis nostris et totius mundi. PRO DOLOROSA Eius passione, miserere nobis et totius mundi.