Good morning everyone! Can you believe we are already at the fourth Sunday of Advent?
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 whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.
And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.”
But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”
The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.”
Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
Today at the CoOp we will be talking about how to practice spirituality in our busy lives by recognizing God with us. The angel proclaims that Jesus will be this for us, an incarnation of God in the world. Mary is so human that she is perplexed but holds enough faith to step up to the task. Gabriel tells Mary that she is favored. This alone will tell us that God is with us for a moment. We are each valued and favored by God. If nothing else, we have this moment in time in which we feel God surround us. There are so many ways this happens to people. For me, there is a moment in conversation where things just feel differently and I know that I am in a holy and thin space.