Scripture: John 1:19-28
Key verses: (26-28) John answered them, “I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, 27the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.” 28This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.
Reflection: We cannot anticipate the ways in which God will break into our world. God breaks into a particular time and place. God breaks in to a particular person in a specific community. This prospective birth offers hope and reminds us that we do not have the capacity to imagine the ways of God. The Lord is with you.
Cynthia Rigby says that, “God with us, known supremely in Jesus, barges in and meddles not only with our affairs, but with our very persons.” We are comforted by the news that God is with us. It is good news. It is also disruptive. It is the type of good news that we cannot create on our own. God breaks into our world to restore, reveal and redeem not just the mess we are making, but the mess we are. God’s good news will turn our world upside down. This is indeed good news filled with hope and possibility.
Are you ready for God to do something unexpected not just in your life but with you? Our God is one that is full of love so we should not fear. Mary was not passive and neither was she coerced. Mary offers herself as a servant of the Lord. Let us do the same.
Prayer: God, we know that with you nothing is impossible. Break into our world and transform us. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].