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Mary, Mother of God


Numbers 6:22-27
Galatians 4:4-7
Psalm 67
Luke 2:16-21

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"holy mary, mother of god"

"They went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Baby lying in the manger; once they saw, they understood what had been told them concerning this Child." —Luke 2:16-17

For a moment, put aside the centuries of religious interpretation of the nativity, and picture the scenario through the lens of 21st century Western culture. A modern couple denied civil conditions for birth might well be furious over this injustice. They would likely be planning a lawsuit against the "hospital" that sent them away (see Lk 2:7). The visitors at the manger might well be eager lawyers rather than humble shepherds!

Scripture tells us that Mary reflected in her heart about the injustices she, Joseph, and her Child were asked to endure (Lk 2:19). Such reflection can sometimes lead people to self-pity, anger toward God, or bitterness. However, Mary embraced her situation and humbly "treasured" these events (Lk 2:19).

Mary's holiness led her to strive to see all things from God's perspective instead of a human one. Mary thereby proved herself a member of God's family, for God the Father also embraced His Son's lowly birth into the human condition (Gal 4:4).

Many crosses await us in 2007. Right now, make a New Year's resolution to "treasure" all the crosses that come into your life and see how the Lord will use them to transform your world.

Prayer:  Father, look kindly on us and grant us peace (Nm 6:26).

Promise:  "You are no longer a slave but a son!" —Gal 4:7

Praise:  Praise Jesus, Who lovingly gives us His Mother, who teaches us to treasure all as gifts from God.

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 13, 2006

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