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Reflections on the Daily Readings
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December 20th, 2013
Haley Warren
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As the third week of advent comes to a close, we hear the reading of the angel Gabriel arriving at the house of David to speak to Mary. Upon arrival, Gabriel announces to Mary that she will bear a son even though she hasn’t had any relations with a man. When Gabriel explains to her that the Holy Spirit will “come upon [her], and the power of the Most High will overshadow [her]. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God,” she immediately replies with acceptance to God’s call to be “the handmaid of the Lord.”

For those of us who have heard/read this excerpt a multitude of times, it is easy for us to be desensitized to Mary’s amazing faith in the Lord. Today, we are challenged to think about how immensely powerful her faith was, and to reflect on our own faith in God. When we hear a calling to be a certain person, or to do something that we may not want to do, in order to be the person God intended us to be, will we accept that call?

The past couple semesters I have been in a few classes at Creighton that incorporate both the concepts, and actions, of discernment and vocation. One of the most important ideas I have learned is that our true vocation may include doing something that is hard for us to do; our call may be to stray away from the “path of least resistance” that most people follow in today’s society. Chances are that not everything God wants us to do is going to be easy. Just like being impregnated with the Son of God was a huge and daunting task, there are things God has asked, or will ask us to do, that will be scary; we may not even feel capable of doing them. But there is a reason God is asking us! He believes in us. So today, will we be like Mary and readily accept his call?

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