Advent Thought for Friday 11th December

The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.”

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.

Luke 1: 28 – 29

Mary was in the presence of a heavenly being bringing a message from God – how many people receive that ultimate greeting?

We know that Mary was devout in her worship of the Lord. She regularly attended the Synagogue and found peace and comfort there. She would have been familiar with the stories of God speaking to Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses and many more who became known as The Prophets.

But Mary was just an ordinary girl, growing up in the Jewish faith and following the traditions that were part of her everyday life. So the shock must have been terrific, mind-blowing and even scary! To be in the presence of an angel of the Lord would be hard to accept, but accept it she did.

What had she done to deserve this visit? What else was the angel going to say? Was she going to be able to understand his words?

This is beginning of the greatest story ever told.

Prayer: Father, when we are alone and at peace, let us feel the wonder of your presence.

Action: Feel thankful when you are in the presence of family and friends, but be prepared for times when you are alone and imagine what Mary must have felt when the angel came into her presence.

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