Sunday: Isaiah 19:16-21:17; Psalm 10:1-8;
Monday: Isaiah 22; Psalm 10:9-18; Mark 13-14
Tuesday: Isaiah 23; Psalm 11; Mark 15-16
Wednesday: Isaiah 24; Psalm 12; Mark 15-16
Thursday: Isaiah 25-26; Psalm 13; Mark 15-16
Friday: Isaiah 27-28; Psalm 14;
1 Thessalonians 1-3
Saturday: Reflect and catch up
As incomprehensible as an angelic visitation and pronouncement that she would carry the Son of God in her womb were for Mary, that event was just the beginning. The angel left, and the reality of the news began to settle in. The incredible promise spoken by Gabriel faded into the reality of being a young, not-yet-married woman who had to answer to her future husband, her family and all those she encountered about the nature of her pregnancy.
Luke tells us that Mary stayed with Elizabeth for three months, but we aren’t told much else about what her pregnancy was like. As with any pregnancy, there were likely difficult days, happy days and all kinds of days in between. Regardless, her pregnancy must have been marked by a sense of expectancy. Not just because she was anticipating the arrival of the Son of God, but because she was…expecting.
We experience "advents" of Christ all the time. He is still coming to us. We can relate to the expectancy Mary must have felt. Mary received the good news that she would be carrying in her womb the King who would sit on David’s throne. Those who put their faith in Christ, too, have received the good news that a King has come.
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name 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 father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
Lord, Blessed Trinity, to You alone be the glory this day. Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thank You. I thank You for the grace and mercy of Your wondrous salvation.I have done nothing to deserve such a tremendous gift.Even calling salvation a “tremendous gift” does not encompassThe fullness of its beauty and wonder. God, You have sent Jesus, Your only beloved Son,To die on the cross and rise three days laterTo obtain the salvation that may only be found in Him. All who receive Jesus, You have given the right To become Your children, O mighty God.You have saved me.Thank You, Lord.