Here I Am...Let It Be

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The word of Luke 1 to Mary never grows weary to my ears. A young virgin is told she will have a child              (Luke 1:28-38). Mary’s faith is such that she responds by saying ,”Here I am , the servant of the Lord ; let it be with me according to your word( vs.38)”

The words of Luke are beautiful and even perhaps a disturbing reminder. Any God who would impregnate a poor unmarried women, then send a messenger to tell her that she is ‘blessed among women,” will stoop to almost anything. In our limited modern imaginations, this story of Mary’s pregnancy ,seems odd. Yet who are we , in our limitations, to tell God what God should and should not do in order to get to us?

Richard Rohr says , “Mary is a woman of extraordinary dark faith, which is what sets her apart and makes her a model for the rest of us. Even though she does not fully understand what God is asking of her , she believes with all her heart that it can and will be done, and she acts accordingly.”

This Christmas may the God of the cosmos impregnate all of us with a deeper sense of what it means to have “extraordinary dark faith”. Faith that trusts through odd circumstance when we do not have all the answers, and takes action accordingly that the will of God might be done.

May we who crave for facts and answers pray like Mary, to "Let It Be."

Still in one peace,

David J. Jensen

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