December 8, 2015

Theotokos: Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent

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Theotokos: Tuesday of the 2nd Week of Advent

blessed is she who believed” (Luke 1:45)

Mary believed. She was certain. As Mary set out in haste for Judah, Mary was certain that Elizabeth was pregnant. Mary was certain that she herself was the chosen Theotokos. When Mary left Nazareth for Judah, she had no physical evidence. She couldn’t see physical signs of her own pregnancy, nor could she even see Elizabeth. But, Mary was certain. Once in Judah,

Elizabeth greets Mary with rejoicing and proclaims her blessed, for “blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord” (Luke 1:45). The Greek expression “believed” denotes a certainty, an unquestioning conviction that has no need for evidence. God said it and Mary believed it. She was certain it would come to be.

Many of us have often asked God for help, and He loves it when we do! However, once we ask, the answer may not come in our time frame. The more that time passes and our prayer appears to be unfulfilled, doubt enters our mind. We wonder, “Did God really hear me?” Or, we think, “Is God going to come through on His promise?”

In Habakkuk 2:3 God reminds us, that His promise, “still has its time, presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint; If it delays, wait for it, it will surely come.” In other words, if God makes a promise it is a promise, although it might not unfold as quickly as we would like. We need to believe that God is faithful to His word. In fact, we should be certain.

Have you asked God for help recently? If so, how did God respond?  What did God say in reply? Even if you are still waiting for the results, be patient and be certain that what He promised will come to be. As you wait, wait with Mary. Spend some time with her today ... and wait ... together.

For your prayer

Mary would have often prayed with the Book of Isaiah. Prep your imaginative prayer by slowly reading Isaiah 55. Use your spiritual senses and imaginatively pray with Mary in Luke 1:45.

“Father, I ask to taste how personal your promises are for me. I beg you to reveal how you have always come through on your promises.”

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