Bible Passage related to the Mystery: Luke 2: 6-20 NRSV
While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger because there was no place for them in the inn.
In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.
Imagine a heavily pregnant Mary, away from the comfort of her home and loved ones wandering around in a strange place, refused help by most people, finally delivering her child, mostly alone. Her child, the Son of God, the King of Kings, being born in a lowly stable amidst farm animals! What must have gone through that mother’s heart? God had indeed fulfilled his promises but in His own way. And though, Mary perhaps could not make sense of it all at that moment, she accepted with faith and hope the will of God, and pondered about it in her heart.
There may be circumstances and situations where the road ahead is not very clear, or where God’s will or his working may not be apparent to us. But the Lord is asking us to have faith and hold on to his promises just like Mary did, with humble obedience and trust that whatever He will bring about, it will be for our good, according to His will and in His time.
- Am I able to give up the need for certainty, when I cannot see where God is leading me?
- Am I able to rely on God completely even when his words or promises don’t seem to make sense to me?
- Am I able to die to my own expectations and trust in God and His providence even if it means that I have to step beyond my comfort zone?
I’ve struggled with having preconceived notions of what the fulfilment of God’s promises will look like. Many times, that has led me to have incorrect expectations both, of myself and others. I have learnt, God’s faithfulness is not that there will be no sadness, nor troubles but it is in knowing that no matter where I may end up, or how much it may hurt, He will make all things good.
Through this mystery, I am convicted to be like Mama Mary to put my trust in God and His providence, to obey as she did and to trust that no matter what happens, like little baby Jesus born on that day, hope is worth holding on to.
Baby Jesus, the joy of your birth eclipsed any of the sufferings and discomfort your parents went through, all the struggles they faced before you were born. Help us to fix our eyes on the prize, to fill our hearts with the virtue of hope that it may bring meaning to our struggles and a purpose to our pain. Help us, like Mary, to be steadfast in our love for you, and be obedient enough to follow you, wherever you may lead us.
And hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
~ Romans 5:5
Virtue to learn from Mother Mary for the day: Hope