Tom Austin, M.A.

Head Baseball Coach

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.’ But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’ The angel said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.’ Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.

Luke 1:26-38


Tom AustinI feel blessed that I was assigned a reading from the book of Luke. He is my favorite Gospel writer. I know he would have been a great teacher or coach. He wrote in a simple and clear style that was easily understood. The reading, Luke 1:26-38, immediately leads my thoughts to the birth of Christ and the celebration of Christmas. Mary, through the grace of God, was chosen to be the mother of Jesus Christ. Gabriel announced this to Mary. It removed the doubts in Mary’s mind about bearing a child while still a virgin. Gabriel proclaimed, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women.” Even after these words, this holy, special woman again doubted, and Gabriel again removed these doubts by reminding Mary that Elizabeth was bearing a child at an age when she should be barren. Mary was comforted that God was, and still is, all powerful and can do anything!

Gabriel then told Mary, “Behold, you shall conceive in your womb a son and you shall name him Jesus. He shall be great and shall be called the Most High.” Mary was still concerned, and asked, “How can this happen, since I do not know man?” The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit shall come upon you and the power of the Most High shall overshadow you, and the Holy One to be born shall be called the Son of God. For nothing is impossible with God!” More of Mary’s doubts were resolved and peace came to rest on her. We often doubt God’s words and power as well and ask if we are worthy. But if we seek God, He will bring us peace!