January 1, A.D. 2003
Mary the Mother of God
The Octave of Christmas
[Please note: today is a Holyday of Obligation]
A reflection on today's Sacred Scripture:
"To ransom those under the law . . . "
God sent his Son born
of a woman to ransom those under the law. To
ransom them, and to ransom us--to deliver them and to deliver us--to
make them whole and to make us whole. There was no other way. Jesus
Christ is the Way, and the path that He chose was His Blessed Mother.
By her cooperation in
the plan of salvation, she contributed to our
salvation. Salvation itself is a gift from God, but from Mary's
beautiful self-sacrifice and wonderful motherhood, came the human
vessel needed for redemption.
Mary was under no compunction
to say yes. Nothing required her to
accept this divine burden. She was free at any time to say No to this
divine plan. But she did not. Through her 'yes' that resounds through
all time the payment of ransom to sin was made possible. Through her
cooperation and participation in the divine plan, she helped to save
us all, herself included, for she needed the gift of Her Son as did
all poor humans.
Mary's compassion resounds
through the ages. For Jesus Christ is
incarnate Love. He is Love itself, born of love, and raised in love.
He is perfect, pure, and holy compassion, looking with great sorrow
at the sinfulness of all of His brothers and sisters. For that is
what we are, by Divine Adoption, and by the second large "Yes," that
is commonly overlooked. On the cross Jesus gave us all to His mother
to call her Mother, and she silently said "Yes," once again.
Our Mother, His Mother,
the image from which all motherhood derives
its reality, Holy Mary, mother of God and my mother, pray for me and
for all your wayward children and bring us back into the favor of our
Father and His Son, incarnate love, our redemption and our Brother.
- JuandelaCruz, T.O.Carm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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