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Reluctant No More
26In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28And he came to her and said, "Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!" 29But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32He 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, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end."
34And Mary said to the angel, "How will this be, since I am a virgin?"
35And 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. 36And 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. 37For nothing will be impossible with God." 38And 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.
Luke, author: Book of Luke and Acts.
Except that he was a Gentile, little is known of his background. Paul calls him “the beloved physician” (Col 4:14). Luke is in some ways peculiar in his material, the birth story being one. Dialogue with an angel!? The Gospel stresses many themes: Prayer, the Holy Spirit, the part played by women. As Luke was considered Paul’s Gentile missionary perhaps his story of “the birth” was intended as
– a demonstration of lack of reluctance?
-offering no resistance?
-listening with ones heart?
The Old Testament has several noted reluctant instruments of the Lord. Moses, Gideon and Jonah for example.
As we review “The Birth of Jesus Foretold”: (Luke 1:26-38), visualize and listen to the dialogue between Mary and the Angel. In Mary’s inquiries there is no “I can’t”, “I won’t”, “I have other commitments”. Any reluctance or resistance Mary may have had, seemed of any measure, as she listened with her heart,
Peace be with you.