Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Feast of Mary, The Mother of God

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"So we cry to her: Holy Mary, you belonged to the humble and great souls of Israel who, like Simeon, were “looking for the consolation of Israel” (Lk 2:25) and hoping, like Anna, “for the redemption of Jerusalem” (Lk 2:38). Your life was thoroughly imbued with the sacred scriptures of Israel which spoke of hope, of the promise made to Abraham and his descendants (cf. Lk 1:55). In this way we can appreciate the holy fear that overcame you when the angel of the Lord appeared to you and told you that you would give birth to the One who was the hope of Israel, the One awaited by the world. Through you, through your “yes”, the hope of the ages became reality, entering this world and its history. You bowed low before the greatness of this task and gave your consent: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38). When you hastened with holy joy across the mountains of Judea to see your cousin Elizabeth, you became the image of the Church to come, which carries the hope of the world in her womb across the mountains of history. ...Then, when Jesus began his public ministry, you had to step aside, so that a new family could grow, the family which it was his mission to establish and which would be made up of those who heard his word and kept it (cf. Lk 11:27f). Notwithstanding the great joy that marked the beginning of Jesus's ministry, in the synagogue of Nazareth you must already have experienced the truth of the saying about the “sign of contradiction” (cf. Lk 4:28ff). In this way you saw the growing power of hostility and rejection which built up around Jesus until the hour of the Cross, when you had to look upon the Saviour of the world, the heir of David, the Son of God dying like a failure, exposed to mockery, between criminals. ...Did hope die? Did the world remain definitively without light, and life without purpose? At that moment, deep down, you probably listened again to the word spoken by the angel in answer to your fear at the time of the Annunciation: “Do not be afraid, Mary!” (Lk 1:30). How many times had the Lord, your Son, said the same thing to his disciples: do not be afraid! In your heart, you heard this word again during the night of Golgotha. ...Could it have ended before it began? No, at the foot of the Cross, on the strength of Jesus's own word, you became the mother of believers. ...Thus you remain in the midst of the disciples as their Mother, as the Mother of hope. Holy Mary, Mother of God, our Mother, teach us to believe, to hope, to love with you. Show us the way to his Kingdom! Star of the Sea, shine upon us and guide us on our way!"

Spe Salvi #50. Go see the rest; it's all good.

Back on January 5.



Jenny from Chicago said...

Happy New Year I.C.!

Diesel said...

Happy New Year.

Sister Mary Martha said...

Just dropped over to say Happy New Year!

Adoro te Devote said...

I quoted Spe Salvi in my final paper for Spirituality. It wasn't part of our reading for class, but I had to read it for something at work and found a couple quotes that just WORKED!

My prof made the following comment:

"You are on the cutting edge of Catholic tradition!" (paraphrased)

Brownie points!

Likely helped salvage a really bad paper. He saw what I did wrong write away...but I'm not going to ramble on it here.

Spe Salvi...I will always love this Pope, who helped me salvage a terrible wreck of a paper.

Adoro te Devote said...

Oh, and Happy New Year! And Merry Christmas! (far more important!)