By Allison Gingras
Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.
For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve
and to give his life as a ransom for many.” ~ Mark 10:42-45
In college, a friend discovered she was pregnant very early in a new relationship. Still in college, just getting to know the father and unsure what to do, this unexpected call to motherhood rocked her world. Gratefully she chose life; however, many tears were shed as her family processed and accepted her unexpected pregnancy.
At first, a profound heaviness developed around the impending birth as family members and friends took sides on what they thought the young couple should do. Sadly, more judgment, advice, and argument covered the couple and situation than prayer.
His Coming is Good News
Eventually, as the child’s birth drew near, the fear, doubts, and worry were eclipsed by an emerging joy and hope, “whatever clouds lie in the child’s future, his coming is good news” (Gaze Upon Jesus, p. 11). Of course, in that quote, Gaze Upon Jesus contributor Sarah Christmyer referred to the birth of Jesus. Still, these words resonated with what unfolded in my friend’s family as the joy of this new little life overshadowed all the misgivings and negativity. The birth of a child is always good news, and once it was especially Good News.
Sarah writes, “she [Mary] is troubled and puzzled, yet she does not doubt … her ‘yes’ opens a space within, where God then makes his home” (Gaze, p. 13). Mary is the ultimate example of one who gave herself to serve others, preparing the way for her Son, to give his life for the ransom of many.
Allowing God to Make a Home in You
Mary’s ability to gaze at God with a humble heart led to her fiat, illustrating her openness and willingness to trust God. This disposition of Mary’s heart made room for God to make a home in her. My friend’s decision to choose life opened a place in her heart for her child, and eventually, she also enjoyed a beautiful new life with Christ. Imagine what unexpected blessings await in the humble welcoming of Jesus into your heart.
Blessed Mother, may I follow your example never to doubt God’s plans in my life; remaining always open to not only accept your will and be open to serve all, lovingly and humbly.
Call to Action
What yes will you offer today that will prepare your heart to welcome Jesus to make His home in you your heart?
**WINE’s Advent Book Club Gaze Upon Jesus begins November 28, 2021
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