Advent A, Dec 5, 2013
Read Luke 1:13, 30-31, Matthew 1:20
“Do not be afraid, Zechariah …” (Luke 1:13)
“Do not be afraid, Mary…” (Luke 1:30)
“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid…” (Matthew 1:20)
There is nothing more frightening, more awful in the sense of awe-inspiring, than realizing that God is speaking directly to me – and that God is calling me by name! God knows me personally – God knew me even before I was old enough to have self-awareness. God knew me in my mother’s womb. Such knowledge, such understanding, is beyond my comprehension. I stand naked before God. Nothing about me is hidden from God.
Still– in spite of my unworthiness – still God says, “Do not be afraid! I have good news for you! You belong to me! I have a purpose for you– a job that only you can do for me!”
Meditation: Think about God’s love. Think about God’s knowledge of you. Realize that God loves you anyway! Commit yourself to God – totally, in all honesty, holding nothing back. Ask God for grace to commit yourself more completely.