Mark Wilson is coordinator of community and civic engagement in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University.
This Child has a Divine Mission, and that Mission will bring out the best and the worst in the people He encounters. There will be pain, Mary — and you will experience it, as well.
Our faith reminds us at every turn — God’s power is made perfect in weakness. It’s a truth that is as mysterious as the experience of love: an all-powerful, all-knowing God is found in suffering and despair.
When I view this text from the perspective of Jesus, and pay attention to his every move and word, I see someone who mastered the ability to allow interruptions to become opportunities.