"Mary said, 'Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.' " —Luke 1:38
Before the first Christmas, Mary prayed: "May it be done to me according to Your word" (Lk 1:38). The effects of this prayer were:
- The Holy Spirit came upon Mary (Lk 1:35).
- She became pregnant by a miracle of the Holy Spirit.
- Mary became the mother of God.
- She was in danger of being divorced by her husband, Joseph (Mt 1:19; Dt 22:21-23).
- She was in danger of being stoned or strangled as punishment for adultery (see Mt 1:19).
- She had her baby in a stable (Lk 2:7).
- She suffered many other sorrows and even witnessed her Son's execution by crucifixion.
- She was taken to heaven to be Queen of heaven and earth.
Before this Christmas, we need to pray with Mary: "May it be done to me according to Your word" (Lk 1:38). The effects of this prayer will be:
- We will repent and forgive.
- We will meet Christ in a deep and personal way this Christmas.
- Our lives will change.
- We will tell people about Jesus and His love.
- We will be persecuted.
- We'll be awed by Christ's love and surprised at His works.
- We will become servants, even slaves, of Christ (see Lk 1:38 in Greek).
Pray with Mary as Mary prayed before the Incarnation. "Mary" Christmas!
Prayer: Father, may I love You as Mary does.
Promise: "I will be a Father to him, and he shall be a son to Me." —2 Sm 7:14
Praise: "O come, Desire of nations."
Nihil Obstat: Reverend David L. Zink, June 12, 2002
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 13, 2002