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Annually on October 16
Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished! (Luke 1:45)
That's what Elizabeth told Mary when she met her. Was it easy for Mary to believe? I mean, an angel had come to her and said, " "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end." (Luke 1:30-33)
That must have been quite startling for her to hear and she must have had a lot of questions to ask, but all she asked was one.
"How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" (Luke 1:34)
And she believed in what the angel answered her.
Some people ask me, "How far can I stretch this thing called "faith"?
Well, it's very elastic as far as I know. Depends upon how much one has believed in what one has read in the Word of God.
I think what must have triggered faith in Mary was the following words that the angel told her.
"For nothing is impossible with God." (Luke 1:37)
And so it is for the Lord even today.
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1)
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)
So shall we believe?
Posted by Dr. Johnson Cherian