“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
When I meditate on this verse of Scripture, I see two Mary’s. For want of a better description, I see a public Mary, defined by Christianity, and a personal Mary who was human. The public Mary has been described by different times and different people on a continuum that stretches from the exalted mother of Jesus, to Mary, simply a conduit for the birth of the Son of God. I am no expert in this variety of religious views.
I like to think of the personal Mary, who learned that she was pregnant with Jesus. I think she might have been awed and frightened, but with a very strong faith, accepted her pregnancy. I think of the love and concern of those women close to her with her announcement. I can also think that there probably would have been a gaggle of women and men who raised their eyebrows at her announcement while in betrothal. In meditation of this verse, I can’t stop without considering the personal Mary with the baby, Jesus, inside her and of her joys and fears, with the baby’s miraculous growth, and the little discomforts of pregnancy. Then, even though it is not addressed in Luke 1:38, I reflect on the growing love she felt for her infant after birthing and of the care and teaching she provided for the baby, Jesus, so that he would thrive and grow to be the human man that he had to be.
Gracious God, thank you for being with me in very personal ways, through all the changing circumstances of my life. I pray that your word may be fulfilled in my life, just as it was in Mary’s life. Let me grow in faith and service, to the glory of your name. Amen.