Are you favored?
Are you a favored one of God? Mary did not expect to be favored one of God. Angel appeared to her and told her without a choice that she is the favorite of God. She only had a choice to say Yes.
To know if we are the favored one we need to look at the blessings we have received and that is the easy part. Many times it recognizes what a blessing is the hard part. Usually, blessings are pretty easy to recognize because we have an idea of what blessings are.
Here is what happened to Mary after she was called the blessed one. She was told that God had found favor with her and she needs to brace up and be ready for the incredible gift she is being given. Then she is told what that gift is. A child. She is not married yet. She is a teenager. And she has a child. There is no man involved. And we know how we will look at such a girl when she says she doesn’t know the man. She hadn’t been with a man.
The so-called blessing here is not a great social standing. Not a proper marriage. Not a good health and no morning sickness. It is that she is going to give birth to a child whose father is an innocent man and then he is going to be the son of God.
In our world today we will call such people delusional. Because we have an idea what blessings look like. The point is, blessed ones are those who can take the day as it comes. It is the serenity with which we can face the day as is planned by God. Blessedness is simply letting God do what God can do, and when God does it, we accept it.
There are several people in the Bible we read about those who were blessed and favored by God. Starting with Abel. He found favor with God. Well. Didn’t end well. Did it? He was killed by Cain.
Noah: Found favor in God’s sight. Well. That didn’t go too good because he had to figure out how to survive.
Abraham: I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. He was invited to sacrifice his own child. That’s a bummer.
Joseph: God favored him and shown special love. Didn’t end well, ended up in the well.
Israel: God finds favor with the people of Israel, and therefore he brought them out of the land of Egypt. And then what happened? They wandered through the wilderness for the next forty years. Wow. That’s favor in God’s sight.
Job: Hmm… He was the favored one.
We have to redefine what it means to be in favor of God. And we probably need to open our eyes, shed our shells in the eyes and see where God is leading us.
St. Theresa of Avila would say “no wonder you don’t have too many friends. Those whom you love you break their every bone”.
However, once we see the favorability of God, we might choose nothing else. Paul the Apostle did. All the apostles took the favor of God and got killed for it except John.
God favors his chosen and gives them the wisdom to redefine their life. God makes it easy for people to see in death is life, in forgiveness is happiness and in letting go is the freedom.
So today I want to invite you to rejoice in this day and your call. Because is the best make up you can ever have. “Be like a tiny bird with a big song.” (Jerry Van Amerongen.) “One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.” (Helen Keller).