Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Friday, November 24, 2017
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Annunciation of Mary
Vs. 38 Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of
the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel
departed from her.
We live in a world where we feel happy making our little
contributions to church and society by our participation in the various
activities associated with them. We at times boast about what we offer as
our financial contributions to maintain the church and sustain its
mission works in the world. We are excited by the fact that we are
involved. But is just being involved all that is expected from us even as
we prepare to celebrate the birth of our savior?
Annunciation is the good news that comes to Mary through the
angel Gabriel. The Good news is that she has found favor in the eyes of
God. Mary finds favor in the eyes of God to go through the most
unfavorable situations of life, to conceive even when she’s a virgin and
go through the pain and embarrassment that accompanies it.
Mary’s response to the annunciation is an act of complete
surrender. She agrees to whole heartedly co-operate with God .She
participates in the salvific act of God through her obedience. The
incarnation was God’s act, but it also depended on the obedience of
Mary. Mary, through her surrender, was not just involved in the
whole process but was totally committed for the salvation of the world.
There is a great difference between being involved and being
committed. To be involved is easy but to be totally committed demands
risking one’s life.
A chicken and a pig lived on a farm. The farmer was very
good to them and they both wanted to do something good for him. One
day the chicken approached the pig and said, “ I have a great idea for
something we can do for the farmer! Would you like to help?” The pig,
quite intrigued by this ,said “of course! What is it that you propose?”
The chicken knew how much the farmer enjoyed a good healthy
breakfast. He also knew how little time the farmer had to make a good
breakfast. “ I think the farmer would be very happy if we made him
breakfast.” The pig thought about this. “ I would be happy to help you
make breakfast for the farmer. What do you suggest we make.?”
The chicken understanding that he had little else to offer
suggested” I could provide some eggs.” The pig knew the farmer might want
more, “ That’s a fine start. What else should we make?” The chicken looked
around….scrathed his head….then said , “ham ? The farmer loves ham and
eggs !” The pig, very mindful of what this implied, said, ”that’s easy
for you to say. For you it’s just an involvement, but for me it’s a total
Mary was willing to offer herself, her body, her womb to
bring forth God’s son into the world. This total commitment of Mary
brings great pain to her as she has to flee with her son to Egypt
to protect the child from Herod and later on see her son been stripped ,
beaten and hung on to the cross even while being in the prime of his
life. She receives God’s favor to experience the unfavorable. But she
knew God’s purposes for the world was being realized through her.
Christian life demands a total commitment on our part and
not just an involvement. The apostle Paul said” Offer your bodies”
(Rom.12.1) which is one’s complete self to God for realizing God’s
purpose in the world.
Can we make that total commitment as we prepare ourselves to
celebrate our savior’s birth? We become a blessing when we give ourselves
Dear Lord, give us your grace to be totally committed to
see your purpose being realized in the world. Help us to offer ourselves
completely to serve you in your world. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Every little contribution should finally lead us into a
Rev. George Cherian, Dharmaram College, Bangalore
Christian Education Forum,
Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church