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Following the example of Mary

posted Dec 22, 2017, 8:42 AM by Risen Christ   [ updated Dec 22, 2017, 8:43 AM ]
24 December 2017 ( 4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT )
Following the example of Mary
Some of us have big plans for God. We plan a project to the last detail and get the best people to run it. But when things don't turn out the way we expect it, we are disappointed. We always feel stressed out and frustrated when we insist on doing things our way. In contrast, Mary had no big plans for God. She simply availed herself to Him. In fact, she thought some of the things the angel Gabriel told her to do were not realistic and beyond her capabilities. But she trusted God completely and said yes to Him anyway. That was the greatness of Mary. It was not that she, herself, did great things for God. But that she allowed God to do great things through her. If we emulate the example of Mary in our ministry work, God will pave the way for things to turn out right -- but according to His plan, not ours! Yes, we will still face hurdles and objections, but we will be able to maintain our equanimity and walk with a calm assurance that God is in control of our destiny.