We visited Nazareth and the Basilica of the Annunciation. Behind the gate, there is a small ancient cave dwelling or grotto, identified by many Catholics as the home of Mary. Here, they believe, the angel Gabriel appeared to her and announced that “You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.”…Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her. (Luke 1:31,38 NLT)
I wonder if Mary questioned her decision when Joseph her fiancée was appalled at her pregnancy? The angel did not come to the religious leaders of the day. God chose a poor family and a teenage girl engaged to be married. Obviously, Mary’s heart was tender towards God and consented to being the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. Although she probably tried to tell Joseph, he didn’t grasp the truth until God sent an angel to speak to him. Is it not wonderful when God does speak to our hearts as husband and wife? Joseph, as well as Mary, had to step out in faith, believing God’s word and were married. We have the perspective of time as we read the familiar story, yet it was not an easy journey. Jesus even said He was not accepted in Nazareth because people would not believe, obey and trust His words of love and redemption. Today the Holy Spirit asks us to obey His word.
I want you to obey Me.
I want you to walk in my way.
Listen to my still small voice directing you.
Put aside your pleasure.
Pray much for your country and church.
Your faithful prayers are what counts.