26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.”(Luke 1:26-28)
Does anyone else find it difficult to accept when someone else is chosen or favoured, rather than them? I’m not saying that I wish I were Mary, but, is it possible that the people who knew Mary and heard her recount this event, might have issue with her being favoured?
What would it feel like if someone else got the job you interviewed for? Or, if your sibling got the bike you had your eyes on for Christmas? It would hurt, wouldn’t it? It might even evoke feelings of anger or jealousy.
If we were to find ourselves asking questions similar to ‘why her?’ we would be missing the point that Mary wasn’t chosen at the expense of every other female down the ages. She fulfilled certain criteria, which meant that she got the job. But, God, our Father in Heaven, looks upon all of His children, including us, with the same delight and favour(itism). He has a unique and special purpose for each of us. He favours each of us according to His will and for His good.
This is part 1 of 24 daily reflections in the lead up to Christmas 2017.
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