Mary was “greatly troubled.” Not just “concerned” or “worried,” but deeply disturbed. With Gabriel’s invitation, her interior world experienced an anxious tidal wave of disruption. Did this mean that Mary lacked faith? Not so. She responded mentally and emotionally as any startled and confused human being would do. Mary had to have time to “ponder,” as Luke tells us. She undoubtedly could not think of anything else, tossing the “impossible possible” around inside of her, even questioning out loud, “How can this be?” Mary’s faith was able to stand up stronger than her fear after going through and beyond questions and hesitations. Her generous love and trust in God toppled concerns for how dramatically life would change.
What a gift we have in Mary’s faith-filled “yes.” How much we can learn from her when the Spirit stirs, asking us to do the “impossible possible” for the good of another.
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