Suddenly Mary can’t wait to tell Elizabeth the Good News, she’s going to have a baby. All her early fears and anxieties, her doubts and worries, are now gone; she truly believes that God “the Mighty One is doing great things for her.” She trusts God and thanks God for trusting her.
Isn’t this a great attitude to have when we experience our own anxious and fearful moments? During Advent we need to believe anew that the “Mighty One is doing great things yet,” but through us.
We are chosen to give
birth to Jesus anew, and God watches over us. Like Mary, we need to recognize it and give thanks for God’s trust. No matter what the challenge is, trusting in God is a better approach than anxiety and fear. Francis de Sales urges trust instead of fear when he writes:
“There is nothing that tends more to increase evil and prevent the enjoyment of good than to be disturbed and anxious.”
A Reading from the Gospel of Luke 1:30-33
Do not be afraid Mary for you have 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.