I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
Mary, a young woman, betrothed to a carpenter is busy working in the house. She hums to herself and happily thinks of her husbànd to be, Joseph. She quietly, in her own way, offers silent but heartfelt thanks to God for blessing her with this strong man who will support her and be faithful to her.
Suddenly, she senses another presence in the room. She turns, expecting it to be one of her family, but it is a stranger.
Angel of the Lord: Greetings, you who are favoured of the Lord.
Mary: Sir, who are you and what does this mean?
Angel of the Lord: Do not be afraid Mary. You have found favour with God and have been chosen to carry His child. This child will be born onto you and you will call his name Jesus. He will be great and will take the throne of David and his will be an eternal kingdom.
Mary: How will this be as I am a virgin?
Angel of the Lord: The holy spirit will be with you and the seed will be from He who is almighty. Therefore He will be called the Son of God. Also, your cousin, Elizabeth, is also with child in her older years. She will be a comfort and support for you.
Mary: I am the servant of the Lord. May it be as you have told me.
So began a wonderful relationship of Mother and son. Throughout the gospel records we see Mary as the gentle mother nurturing, guiding and supporting the baby who grew, was blessed by others and studied the sacred writings and the law to the amazement of the teachers. She had quiet confidence in his power, telling others to trust him and carry out his instructions. She watched as he became popular with the people, wanting to listen to his teaching, and perform great miracles. Finally, she was there to witness his suffering and know his great love for her by requesting his beloved disciple, John, to become her son, when He could no longer fulfill that role. Her grief must have been intolerable, but she remained firm in her confidence in the power of God, that her son would be Lord over even death itself.
Lord I believe that you became human, descending from heaven and living as ourselves, human with the same human weaknesses as ourselves but overcoming even a cruel death and separation from God father figure, so that the perfect sacrifice could be made once for all. Today may I learn again from your earth mother to have faith in your power, to trust you with my life, to respect and follow your instructions and weep at your suffering but rejoice in the power over death, looking to the glorious resurrection we all will experience in the last day. Lord, I believe, take my doubts and anxieties and turn them to strength and commitment. So be it.
Dear readers may you be blessed this Lenten period and enjoy a closer relationship with our God and saviour.
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