II. Reflection – Who and what do we expect?

 II. Reflection – Who and what do we expect?

 

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 she pondered what sort of greeting this might be.

 

Then the angel said to her: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour 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. (Luke 1, 26-33).

 

 Since our childhood, it does no matter how old or how young we are, we have had dreams about something. For some they came true, for others – maybe for majority – they didn’t. Why does it happen this way we will talk latter.

 

Mary, as a young woman, looking towards her future with Joseph, has all the rights to have her own plans and dreams. She is aware that God always keeps His promise. When He says that He will make His people (Israel) free from any bondage He will do it, in His own way. How this was done in the past? By calling special people – latter called “the chosen ones” – and gifting them with strength and wisdom, and some other necessary gifts so that they may become liberators of the nation.

 

God does not need to perform some spectacular acts to show His dominion and sovereignty over everything, because everything belongs to Him, it is His. He may and can do as He wishes. However, He always respects our Free Will.

 

When consulting God about our future, we may get the impression that what comes to our mind is God’s plan for us, when it is truly our own. When Mary has heard (maybe she felt inside) the words: “you have found favour with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus”, she had the rights to doubt a bit. It is her wish and dream, or it is coming from God? To have a child, a son, it is nothing strange with that, especially for a woman. But the following words are much more disturbing: “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”.

 

Can this come true? Is it alright for me to have such great dreams? Maybe it is too much? Maybe I am not worthy of all this? Many, many questions. And that is alright. We need to ask and question our wishes and dreams and doings. That is the way to get better, to get perfect.

 

Dreams cannot be too small, and they cannot be too big. They need to be great, but achievable. I would even say that every dream is achievable, only that it may take some longer time to do so. It is worthy to have big dreams. Keep on dreaming and expect the best. When you don’t give up it may come true.

  

I. Reflection - Who is Mary?

I. Reflection - Who is Mary?

 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. (Luke 1, 26)

 

Mary is a young woman, who was born and brought up in and among the people of Israel, during the time of occupation by Romans. She is truly a daughter of her nation, a nation that is chosen by God, as it is shown in the history and passed on by prophets in the Holy Bible. It is a nation that through the years experienced powerful protection of God, if it was faithful to the covenant. It is a nation to which God has given a promise to make it free from any bondage.

God did not intervene by some special, nearly magical, way. He was choosing special people through whom He was freeing the people of Israel. Every one of them knew that the strength, special gifts and amazing deeds were not coming from them but from God, believing deeply that God is the author of everything good that happened to them. Jewish families cultivated this kind of faith in the powerful hand of God, His protection and His blessing.

Mary grew up in this tradition and certainly, she was a religious woman. Though she was not allowed to read the Bible, she often (every Sabbath) listened to the Word of God being read in the synagogue. Just keep that in mind: she listened. Not having the text in front of our eyes, we concentrate on listening. Our mind works on quite different level. Being concentrated on listening we try to remember every word. Our imagination becomes really vivid.

 

This is a really good preparation for a prayer. When actively listening to someone, not being destructed by the written word (just like in the time of reading) we concentrate on the spoken word, on the tune of voice, on the sound that we hear. Our thoughts then, our very personal thoughts in a way go away. We stop talking to, conversing with ourselves. That’s the best time for God to influence us with His thoughts that we call inspirations.

 

 

 

Advent – a preparation for the Nativity of Jesus Christ

 

Preparing ourselves for the Nativity of our Lord, Jesus Christ, it is quite good to make some time for a reflection. What kind of reflection, what about? A reflection about ourselves, about our way of life, about our relation with others and with God.

 

If we want to prepare ourselves well for the Christmas, it would be good to look at the one who have had the longest advent of us all. And you already know that I am talking about Blessed Virgin Mary. She – through her life – can teach us so much about ourselves and our God.

 

Take a few minutes, at least every week, to reflect on these words written below. The Bible text is taken from the Gospel of St. Luke 1, 26-47. I hope they will help you to make a difference this Christmas season.

  

(Read next: First reflection – Who is Mary?)

 

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