The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
(Numbers 6: 22 – 27; Ps 67; Gal 4: 4 – 7; Luke 2: 26 – 21)
“There was no room for them in the inn” but there was in a manger, a mean shed for cattle, and there Mary gave birth and Joseph alone was present. The usual sounds and smells of a place where animals are held but there was something else very present – a kind of divine energy, a kind of invisible ﬁre emanating from the new born child, the real presence of God embracing Mary, Joseph, and the humble shepherds – all absorbing and being absorbed by the Christ Child.
There is Mary, the mother, and Joseph, the spouse and foster father, and some shepherds and each one is touched by that divine ﬁre, energy, and love. There is Mary the one who received the Word in faith and with trust carried Him in her womb for nine months. There is Joseph the one who obeyed in faith and received into his hands the child as Mary gave birth and in that action, I believe God affirmed Joseph in his obedience, his willingness to serve the mother and the child with his life. How ﬁrring it was that Joseph is the ﬁrst to touch the Christ, His foster Son and there are the shepherds who come to adore in trusting obedience to the angels’ awesome message of glory.
In time, Jesus Himself will manifest that same ﬁre as a receiver: “I can only say what I hear the Father saying.” Jesus, the obedient Son: “I can only do what I see the Father doing.” Jesus who adores with the greatest reverence: “Father, Lord of heaven and earth to You I offer praise.”
Brothers and sisters, in this, is there not the pattern, the model for our lives whatever be our vocation; the pattern, the model of the ﬁre, the energy of living as sons and daughters of God in Christ – by being receivers, living obedience, heartfelt adoration – knowing that all this gift from God, grace upon grace.
Being receptive, obedient, people of adoration is not outside us to be captured; because the Lord dwells within us, these are already present – waiting for our desire, our prayer: “Come, Lord Jesus, live Your life in me.
Mary, the Mother, looks to Jesus and then, as our Mother, looks to us and invites, rather commands: “Do whatever He tells you.” Her word is ever new.