In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” Luke 1:39-45
If you had an encounter with an angel would you believe it? Don’t answer too quickly. What if the angel told you something just about impossible was going to happen to you? What if what the angel told you had never happened in all of human history? Would you believe? I am not sure if I would not try to find an alternative explanation to what had just happened to me. Maybe I was happening reaction to one of my medications or maybe I had been out in the sun too long. After all angels just do not show up all that often.
Gabriel appears to Mary, something startling enough in its own right, but he then tells her that while she is still a virgin she will conceive and bear a son. Then the topper, this son was to be the Son of God. Mary does not argue with Gabriel, all she does is ask one question and then she accepts what she has been told. She believed.
I think if we are honest with ourselves we will have to admit that we would have a hard time believing something as extraordinary as what Gabriel told Mary. As Christians we are called on the believe the extraordinary. After all how many people have been executed, buried and then three days later came back to life? Only one person that I am aware of. God asks us to believe extraordinary things but He also holds out to us an extraordinary reward. Two thousand years later we have the benefit of eyewitness testimony to the extraordinary event in the life and death of Jesus. Still, these events are so unusual that many still have trouble believing.
Mary believed and she is remembered two thousand years later. Mary believed before it all started. Mary trusted God and His messenger. Can we do any less?
Have a blessed day,