Journey into Freedom Day 19
Preparation: Begin by stilling; then dedicating the time of prayer to God and asking God that all you think, feel and imagine are for the glory of God.
Gift: I ask that I may know Jesus more intimately, love him more dearly and follow him more closely.
Setting: Consider the Bible passage below, you can imagine you are Mary, someone Mary is telling the story to, or the messenger from God. How does it look from their point of view?
Luke 1:26-38 HCSB
In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came to her and said, “Rejoice, favoured woman! The Lord is with you.” But she was deeply troubled by this statement, wondering what kind of greeting this could be. Then the angel told her: Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. Now listen: You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will call His name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.
Mary asked the angel, “How can this be, since I have not been intimate with a man?”
The angel replied to her: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy One to be born will be called the Son of God. And consider your relative Elizabeth—even she has conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called childless. For nothing will be impossible with God.” “I am the Lord’s slave,” said Mary. “May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel left her.
Follow the meditation on Scripture with a conversation with God and a Final Prayer.
Saint Ignatius in the Spiritual Exercises imagines the Trinity looking down on the earth and seeing people going about their lives; some being born, others dying, some at work, others at rest. Many people are sinning and being lost. So the merciful God decides the time is right to send the Son of God to save people from sin. So begins the familiar story of the Incarnation; Jesus being conceived of the virgin, Mary and born in a stable in Bethlehem.
A Thought for Today: If you desire faith, then you have faith enough - Elizabeth Barrett Browning