A Look at the Book – Luke Daily(ish) Reflection # 1
Luke 1:1-38 The start of the Gospel according to Luke is no Christmas card scene – we have two people called by God and both of them scared. Zechariah is ‘gripped by fear’ and Mary is ‘greatly troubled.’ The angel has to tell them both not to be afraid – easier said than done, I imagine. To be called into the unknown is a cause for concern. Think about Mary. Looking at the angel she must have known that whatever happened her life was never going to be the same again. Before she had no power – her class, her race, her gender, her age all counted against her. Now suddenly, ‘The power of the Most High will overshadow you.’ You’re going to have a baby. That baby will be called the Son of God. The angel waited for an answer. I believe the fate of the universe rested in her at that point. There is no indication that she hesitated, but could you blame her if she did? ‘I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.’ I doubt anyone can be comfortable about a call from God. And all of us are called. Let’s pray that with Mary we can say Yes – remembering that we’re also called to bring Christ into the world.