Third Sunday In Advent

Who are the people chosen by God to do God’s work?

It is easy to think of well-known people like Mother Teresa, John Wesley, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Billy Graham.

It is easy to think of pastors who lead congregations to do God’s will.

How does God choose people? If you think of Bible people, you will notice that God seems to choose ordinary, everyday people. In the Old Testament, we hear about David and in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, Mary. David was a shepherd, the youngest son — and unlikely candidate for king. Mary was a teenager; her parents were ordinary small-town people. But God chose them, From David’s lineage comes the Christ; from Mary comes the Christ — all with God’s wonderful presence.

God chooses each of us to work toward the coming of the Christ. In this third week of Advent, let us accept the challenge, remembering what the angel told Mary, “The Lord is with you.” Nothing is impossible with God. And as Mary did, we will praise God for choosing us and remember that God has indeed done great things for us.

Let us today, Lord, exalt Your holy name and exult in the ways You reach out to us this Advent season. Let us share the joy with all we meet. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.


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