Readings for Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Advent: Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 24; Luke 1:26-38
"And the angel departed from her." Luke 1:38
Today we once again hear the Annunciation as recounted in St. Luke's gospel. It strikes me how abruptly the story ends. Mary proclaims her fiat--be it done to me according to your word--and then, almost as soon as he appeared, the angel Gabriel is gone. He doesn't tell her exactly what's going to happen next, or even when she will conceive. He doesn't leave Mary with any instructions. Having just been told the best news ever given to humanity, Mary is left to wonder, "What next? Now what do I do?"
And so it is with us, when we say "yes" to God, when we agree to pick up our cross and follow Him, we wonder, "What next? What exactly am I supposed do to now?" Fortunately, as she always does, Mary provides us the answer. For we know that no matter what else Mary did after Gabriel's visit, she remained patiently obedient to God. More specifically, she remained obedient through prayer and the following of God's commandments. So, as the birth of our Lord gets ever closer, let us imitate Mary's obedience through prayer, love of God, and love of neighbor. Like He did for Mary, Jesus will take care of everything else.
God love you.