Advent 3 features Mary – “Christmas Crossroad”

From Bishop Rob Wright, Diocese of Atlanta

This time of the year we turn to Mary for inspiration.  The angel seeks her out and shares God’s wild plan for her life.  Mary is at a crossroads- faith and the real world have intersected. 

Mary answers God in a song that has three parts.  She answers based on who she is, whose she is and her purpose as a co-creator with God.  The angel calls her “favored.”  Meaning she was aware that God had stepped into her life and made a difference. Her remembering that she is “favored” helps her navigate her feelings of confusion and fear. 

Her feelings are passing, her status in God is non-negotiable.  For Mary, God is a great thing-doer; a rescuer of the cast outs and the filler of empty bellies.  At her crossroad, Mary remembered her God is a promise keeper.  Now, she can accept and acclaim that God’s purpose for her life is the highest purpose for her life.  “May your word be fulfilled with me” was her song at the crossroad of her life.  May her song be ours also. 

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