We often believe that in order to remain faithful to our call as missionary disciples, we must do things for God. Mary’s spiritual experience tells us that, before we do anything, we must let God reach us.
God draws close to Mary and, through the angel Gabriel, asks her to become the Mother of his Son. When the Holy Spirit overshadows her, Mary becomes the instrument of grace through which God manifests his love to our world. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Even today, Mary teaches us how to open our hearts to welcome her Son. As we walk in the footsteps of the Mother of Jesus, our hearts will become the manger where Christ can be reborn. And we will discover that nothing is impossible to God.
A few hours before Christmas, let us say again with Mary: “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word” (Lk 1:38). Let us leave all the room to God who wants his Son to be reborn in our hearts. In this way God’s promise to David will be fulfilled: “Are you the one to build me a house to live in?” (2 Sam 7:5) “The LORD declares to you that the LORD will make you a house.” (2 Sam 7:11). As he said to Zacchaeus, Christ who is about to be born tells us: “I must stay at your house today.” (Luke 19:5) May we welcome him with joy so that we can better give him to others.