We were a little nervous, as one always is when welcoming new people into your home. The couple and their two young children joined us for dinner and I could tell that they were a bit nervous too. They were dressed up in dresses and collared shirts, their children’s hair shining with styling gel and care. We all shook hands too hard and greeted too much, overly polite, covering our insecurities with eagerness.
Mary is held up as the epitome of surrender. She fully surrenders her body, heart, and whole life to the will and plan of God. We hear it in her response to the angel Gabriel, “I am the Lord’s servant, may it be to me as you have said.” What strikes me as I read her response this year is that with this act of surrender, Mary ushers in a resistance movement.