THE SERVANT GENERAL
GOD’S MYSTERIOUS WAYS
Birth of Mary
ways are mysterious. Rightly so, for who can plunge into the
depths of the mind and heart of the Almighty and eternal God?
could have known that when God called Abram, He already was
putting His mysterious plan into motion. This plan was about
the coming of “Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son
of Abraham.” (Mt 1:1). It was a plan that would reach
“Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Messiah.”
(Mt 1:16b). And who could have even remotely imagined, even
with Isaiah’s prophecy (see Is 7:14), that Mary would
be “found with child through the holy Spirit”
(Mt 1:18d). “For it is through the holy Spirit that
this child has been conceived in her.” (Mt 1:20b).
the wisdom of God confounds the wise of the world, because
God often chooses to use those who are nobodies for His divine
work. Who could have known that the Messiah would come from
“Bethlehem-Ephrathah, least among the clans of Judah”
(Mi 5:1a)? And why does the genealogy of Jesus (we look at
women in God’s plan like Mary) include Tamar the prostitute,
Rahab the prostitute, Ruth who was not a Jew, and Bathsheba
the unfaithful wife? And why did God choose an unknown Jewish
maiden living in a remote part of Israel?
are the mysteries of God. Even as our feeble minds cannot
fully grasp them, they show us the ways of God and teaches
us important lessons. First, what happens to us today, as
we respond to God’s call, can have an important impact
today, tomorrow, or perhaps a century from now. Second, God
can use anyone, and delights in using the least, and so all
of us are qualified to be used powerfully in the grand design
of God. So look not to your own feebleness but to the awesome
might of God.
for us to be used, we need to respond. We need to obey.
left his security and comfort zone to go forth from his land
to an unknown land, just trusting in God’s promises.
Not knowing how he could become the father of many nations,
Abram just obeyed. Joseph wanted to divorce Mary quietly because
she was pregnant before they lived together. “Such was
his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared
to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do
not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.”
(Mt 1:20a). Joseph obeyed. Mary could not understand how what
the angel Gabriel revealed to her could come to be, but she
Abram to Jesus, God has been unveiling His grand plan. In
the fullness of time, Jesus won for us our salvation. God
is still at work even now. God’s mysterious ways continue.
We need to trust in God’s plan, and in the mercy Jesus
showed on the cross. “But I trust in your mercy.”
(Ps 13:6a). We trust, and so we obey. We obey, and we will
experience the fullness of salvation and the great joy this
brings. “Grant my heart joy in your salvation”
Today we also celebrate the martyrdom of our brothers Ben
Donato and Jun Frias, who gave their lives for the cause of
Christ while on mission in Vanuatu, 18 years ago. When the
car they were using was hoisted from the waters, there they
were, clutching their rosaries.
birthday, Mama Mary. Happy birthday to eternal life, my brothers
Ben and Jun.
May we all always exult in God, through good times and bad
times, and trust in His mercy and divine plan. “I will
sing to the Lord, for he has dealt bountifully with me!”