I Trust You
Malvern Minute


December 20, 2017   Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent

O Key of David, opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom: come and free the prisoners of darkness! Alleluia, alleluia!

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (1:5-25)

In the sixth month,
the angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin’s name was Mary.

And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.

He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”

But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
“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 called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.”

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”

Then the angel departed from her.

Reflect: May it be done to me according to your word. We all have an idea of what we want or expect our life to be. We set goals. We journey on the path of a particular vocation or career. The young Mary was no different. She already had a unique relationship with God, but the events that the angel Gabriel announced to her turned her life upside down. Regardless, she still had her free will to say “yes” or “no.”  Her response was “fiat”; “may it be done to me according to your word.” Mary surrendered her will to what God intended for the salvation of the world. Mary is the example for all of us to trust God; to let God, who is the perfect God, take care of everything according to his will. Like Mary, there are times when we can’t fully understand how God is working, but he asks that we trust him; that we yield to him with the belief that his plan for us is greater and more awesome than anything we could conceive. Regardless, our sin and fear can interfere with our full “yes” to God’s will. Today’s O Antiphon, “O Key of David”, reminds us that Jesus holds the key to whatever imprisons us: fear, anxiety, addiction, pain, loss, guilt, sorrow, anger, resentment, pride – or whatever else. He does not want us to carry that burden. He wants us to be free. Let’s use these final days of Advent to prepare our hearts to receive the gift of God’s life: Jesus, his only Son. In turn, may we have the grace to give back to God, no matter how incomplete we may feel, our entire being so that his will may be done – in our lives and in the world!

Questions: Am I willing to surrender myself to God’s will for me? What holds me back from trusting God’s plan for me? What one thing that I’m holding on to, that interferes with my “yes” to God’s will, can I “gift” to God as Christmas nears?

Pray: Loving God, your love for me is a perfect love. May I have the humility to place myself, as I am, into your hands; trusting that your will for me is the key to my joy and peace.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.                                               

The angel said to Mary: Behold, you will conceive and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.


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