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This meditation is for Advent 4b

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

This angel broke into the world, appearing wherever Mary happened to be at that moment. He breaks in and tells her that God wants to break into the world through her, as a child.

Gabriel tries to reassure her. She doesn’t need to be afraid.

But, how could she not have been?

God was coming, and she was to be the door to let God in.

And why? For this world. For you. For the people around you.

Think of the history of this earth. The horrors that have been done. The evils that have been unleashed. The cruelty, the struggles for power, and the brokenness which we see all around us.

But, also think of the wonders. The beauty. The art. Mighty acts of self-sacrifice and love. People who have been gentle, and wise, and noble.

God entered this world, with all of its complexity and nuance. With all it’s noise, and with all it’s songs.

The people around you, and you yourself, are broken. There’s hurt, and anger, and petty jealousies, and wounds that never seem to heal.

And the Angel Gabriel came to Mary to tell her that God is coming into the midst of all of it. To feel all of it. To live with all of it.

And to die in the midst of it.

For love. For love. For love of you, and everyone you see. Every nook and cranny of this universe. All things seen and unseen.

Take a moment and realize that all of this is held in God’s hand. That all of this was worth God coming. That you were worth God coming.

For as Luke tells us, with God, nothing is impossible.

Let us pray,

Our Father…

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