A reading of the holy Gospel according to Luke 1:26-38
In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, "Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you." But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his Kingdom there will be no end."
But Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I have no relation with a man?" And the angel said to her in reply, "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 called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God."
Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord, May it be done to me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her.I wonder when I read this what the difference was between how Mary asked "How can this be?" and how Zechariah asked "How shall I know this?" Mary was reassured, while Zechariah was struck dumb for his doubt of Gabriel. I think that if the Angel Gabriel came to me, I would just nod and do whatever he said. I would be so afraid! I wonder if he would say to me "Be not afraid..." I certainly hope so!
We have only four more days of Advent. I intended this blog to be a trial, and had hoped that I would continue after Christmas. I am not sure there is any point in this blog. There are such wonderful Catholic writers blogging. They far surpass me in knowledge and writing ability. I don't know that my blog serves any purpose at all. I will pray this week about whether or not I should continue.
And I will thank anyone who has been kind enough to read and comment.