Wow here we are already. We only have 24 more days until Christmas. It is the first Sunday of Advent in traditional churches. My church is not a traditional one, but whenever Christmas draws near, I always think about Mary’s example for all of us.
When I think about Mary embracing God’s plan for her to give birth to Jesus, there are a few points that often get overlooked. They have to do with Mary being engaged but not married to Joseph yet.
Mary was a virgin when she conceived Jesus, but by saying yes to God’s plan, it meant she entrusted her very life to God. In Deuteronomy 22 we read:
“If, however, the charge is true and no proof of the young woman’s virginity can be found, she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death”
Not exactly a verse we think of for Christmas, but so important to remember. The punishment a young woman who was found not to be a virgin before she married a man was death by stoning.
So by Mary saying yes to God’s plan, she was placing her very life in his hands to protect her. That is a huge example of faith for us to follow.
In Mary’s song when she visited her cousin Elizabeth, Mary revealed that she understood that Jesus would be her Savior too. In Luke 1, we see the first words of her song:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior”
Mary had great faith to say yes to God’s plan for her to give birth to the Savior of the world whom she also knew would be her Savior. I can’t imagine the thoughts going through her mind in the days, weeks, months before Jesus was born.
These are the thoughts I have about Mary. She is a woman worthy of respect and a wonderful example of faith. The drama she went through is much more dynamic and full of emotion than what is shared in simple Nativity scenes.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.