ADVENT means, “the arrival“…
As we celebrate ADVENT this December, let us reflect on the significance of the amazing event that took place 2000 years ago.
Mary was a teenage girl engaged to marry a poor carpenter named Joseph. She lived on a dusty fringe of the might Roman Empire, just another powerless peasant in another insignificant town. Yet she was the young woman to whom God extended the invitation to be the mother of the Messiah, Jesus.
In Luke’s account, Gabriel, God’s archangel, announces to Mary that she has found favor with God – she will give birth to a child and she will name him Jesus. Mary’s response – “Here I am, the Lord’s humble servant. As you have said, let it be done to me.” – is as simple as it is inspiring. She doesn’t protest or let her fear sway her from following God.
Then… He Came.