20 Dec Mon, 4th Week of Advent

12/19/2021 5:23:22 PM
Is. 7:10-14 / Ps. 23:1-2,3-4,5-6 / Lk. 1:26-38 (Ps Wk IV)

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Isaiah confronted King Ahaz of Judea about the king's decision to make an alliance with Assyria. Isaiah told Ahaz to trust only Yahweh and ask him for a sign, rather than an alliance with a foreign power. 

Ahaz responded that he wouldn't put the Lord to the test - which sounds pious, but Ahaz didn't trust Yahweh. Isaiah told him of a sign - a son would be born to a young woman and would be called Immanuel. This young woman is unnamed, but later, Matthew cited this as a prophecy of Jesus' virgin birth. 

In Luke's story of the Annunciation of Jesus' birth, we see the beauty of Mary's faith. Mary is a young woman, a virgin. How shocking must it have been for her to be approached by an angel telling her that she would bear a son? 

How could it be? The Holy Spirit would look after everything. Once the angel said that nothing would be impossible with God, Mary pronounced her strong consent: "Let it be with me according to your word." 

Today we have two stories about trusting God - Ahaz did not; Mary made herself available and remarkably collaborated with God.

Lord, help us to trust You as Mary did. 

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