Advent is almost upon us, the time when we await and prepare for the coming of the Lord. And whom can best teach us to do so than Mama Mary? From the time of the Annunciation to the moment of the Birth, she was also waiting and preparing for Jesus’ coming, in a more intimate way, as He grew inside of her womb.
If you have been up to date with Talitha Ministries’ Instagram stories, you will know by now that this weekend we will be starting our own Journey through Advent (which you are invited to join). In honour of this personal journey we hope you will embark in, we deemed it appropriate to examine 4 lessons we can take from Mama Mary’s own journey through Advent.
1. A lesson on trust
“I am the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to Thy Word”
We know these words from the Gospel of Luke, but have we realised the immense trust that Mama Mary must have had to utter these words to the Angel Gabriel? Although she was taken aback by the Angel Gabriel’s announcement, she believed him and trusted in God’s Will to have her – among all the women He could have chosen – bear His Son.
2. A lesson on generosity
While she was pregnant “Mary set out and travelled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth” (Luke 1:39).
Mama Mary could have decided to stay in her own home and take care of her own self through her own pregnancy. But when she heard that her cousin Elizabeth was also with child, she travelled to Elizabeth’s home to care for her for the next 3 months. Such a generous heart!
3. A lesson on humility
“And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour; because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid’ ” (Luke 1:46-48)
Although bearing the Son of the Almighty is such a great honour any woman could have had, Mama Mary didn’t let that get to her head. Instead, she reacted with such great humility by singing her song of praise in the Magnificat. She knew how little she was, and acknowledged God’s greatness through the miracle He created in her by placing Jesus in her womb. Most especially, she showed that humility and lowliness by travelling to her cousin Elizabeth’s home in order to serve her through her pregnancy with John the Baptist.
4. A lesson on hope
“His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation” (Luke 1: 50)
She said her wholehearted ‘Yes’ to God’s plan to bring Jesus to life in her own womb. She said ‘Yes’ to the history of Salvation to be fulfilled in her own womb. By this act of faith in God she executed an act of hope. She said ‘Yes’ to God’s plan because of her hope for the Salvation of the whole world. When God decided to ask for her to carry His Son in her own womb, the world’s destiny was at her hands. She could have said no, but because of her hope in God’s love and mercy to be experienced by us humans, it was done so.
In our own journey through Advent we can incorporate these 4 lessons into our own lives, especially in the times that we struggle with our own weaknesses in the area of impurity. It was so easy for me to feel discouraged when I failed at being chaste with my exes, or when I reached out to my phone for a fix of porn. Through those difficulties with impurity it was so easy for me to think that there was no point in preparing myself for Advent, because Jesus would not want to give love to someone so broken and stained by sin as me.
This is not the case: Jesus wants to always offer His Love to every single one of us, whatever the state of our soul may be.
We just need to understand that we can receive His love wholly (even in our own state of brokenness) if we follow these 4 lessons the Virgin Mary has taught us in her own Advent journey:
- We receive His love through faith in God’s Mercy for us, even in our state of sin.
- We receive His love by generosity towards others, even when we are experiencing brokenness.
- We receive His love in our state of humility, as we acknowledge God’s greatness and our own dependence on Him.
- We receive His love when we hope in the Salvation Jesus won for each and every one of us.
If you would like to grow in these areas during Advent to receive Jesus more fully into your life and renew your relationship with Him, then join us in Journey through Advent this year! For more information, click here.