At first, Mary could not imagine how the angel’s proclamation that she would bear a son would be fulfilled. Yet when the angel assured her of the power of God’s Spirit, Mary responded with faith in God’s trustworthiness as well as an openness to mystery.
Sooner or later, we all experience moments of doubt and times when we question how some perplexing situation will be resolved. There are no easy explanations for the sometimes wonderful, or sometimes painful, events of our lives. Like Mary, we are invited to make room in our hearts for mystery. In these final days of Advent, we are challenged to let go of our natural desire for certainty and security and entrust ourselves and our loved ones to the mystery of God.
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