First Reading: Judges 13: 2-7, 24-25a
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 71: 3-4a, 5-6ab, 16-17
Gospel: Luke 1: 5-25
God loves barren spaces! It’s such a contradiction isn’t it? That fruitfulness is a fruit of walking with God yet when He wants to show His power, He chooses a previously barren space, presupposing a lack of fruitfulness, and turns it into a garden.
He makes a way where there seems to be no way. He puts rivers in the desert. He makes the dry land rejoice.
Stories of children born to barren women in the bible are stories of children born for special purposes and marked out for greatness. From Isaac to Jacob and Esau, Joseph and Benjamin, Samson, Samuel and John the Baptist, each was born to a barren woman. Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Samson’s mother, Hannah and Elizabeth. Each of these women has a story of the challenges associated with being a barren woman in a society where children are considered a blessing from the Lord. Each of their children was marked for a special purpose.
So as today’s readings teach, I challenge you to have faith in God and to trust His timing. Supposedly barren spaces are the ones He chooses for special purposes. Are you barren in any aspect? Keep praying, trusting and rejoicing….no matter how hard. Your barrenness may be just for the purpose of His glory. Trust Him!
Angela Azumah Alu