Sunday, December 17, 2006

Monday's Meditation on Tuesday

"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." - Luke 1:38

To be honest, I have fallen in love with this verse, and yet, I am completely intimidated by it, for they are words of complete submission to and total trust in the Living LORD of the Universe; the rotting tree of my sin-nature screams at the utterance of such words, for what sort of person is capable of uttering these words? Surely not someone of my character or constitution.

"Yes LORD." These are divine words, spoken by Mary that night and foreshadow the words of her Son, Jesus, some thirty three years later in the garden. Though they are divine words, they are not beyond our tongue. These words do not come from us, but come through us in our death to ourselves. These words come with every choice between righteousness and the status quo, and lead us deeper and deeper into life.

C.S. Lewis once wrote something to the effect that God does not want to prune some branches from the tree of our life, but wants to have the whole thing down. If that statement is true, then it is by the axe of responses such as Mary's that the tree comes down. And it is as we submit to and trust in God that invite God's "Kingdom come" and his "will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven."

Holy God, may we become as Mary: Open and obedient to your will. May we, like Mary, be open wombs for your Son to inhabit, so that your holiness and forgiveness dwell upon this Earth.