What a contrast of "servant styles" we witness in the contemplation of today's readings! David had risen from his
humble background through many battles and complicated political situations to a position of power and comfort. He wants to do the right thing, to honor God
, but on his
, like so many who have worked their way up through the ranks, has great plans to do good things, but they are not necessarily God's plans.
Mary, on the other hand, has no ambitions of which we know; no power, no wealth. Her plan was to follow her
uneventful childhood and adolescence with a life as a traditional wife and mother. Yet, her
routine peaceful existence is shattered by a personal experience of God! How could this happen? Only because she
is open to it; only because the way before her
is uncluttered and clear.
I remember a time in my life when I was absolutely obsessed with knowing the will of God. I wanted to say, "May it be done to me according to your word," but the process was less about being open to experience God's
will than it was about planning the next step in my career; the next accomplishment.
Our world is no less needy for God
than it was in the time of David
or the time of Mary. God still needs servants willing to be the instruments of his
presence and love. On this last Sunday of Advent may we like Mary clear our minds and open our hearts to experience God and know God's will.
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Each day in my work, family life, and beyond, I strive to make my actions speak louder than my words. I try to "walk the walk" and not just "talk the talk." But this is not always easy and is often a real struggle. But Psalm 34 offers us hope today. David speaks of calling on the Lord and being answered, of being saved from fear and anxiety, and of receiving protection and refuge. During this Advent season, let's be confident that we can walk the walk and that God
will guide us, guard us, and be with us on our journey.