Mary, the Mother of God
A few years ago I was looking through a news magazine and come across the image of a mother in the Middle East holding her child in the middle of war torn city. She had dark skin, dark eyes, and was holding her child in such a tender and protecting way. I could not help but think that this is what Mary must have looked liked. She probably looked like any other Middle Eastern mother of the day…. she was a refugee for a while because the government told her to leave her land and she escaped to Egypt when Herod wanted to kill her Son, she worked hard, raised her child, took care of her husband and her house, worried about Jesus when she didn’t know where he was, eventually she had to make it as a widow, she saw the cruelty of the Roman government in her land, she watched her Son be killed and could do nothing but be there with him….
It was this Mother that Jesus gave the Church, you and me, from the Cross. John the Beloved represents us when Jesus says “Behold your Son” and he says to each of us here today “Behold your Mother”. These words are very important for us in this parish because we are specifically under her care and protection.
Mary is the mother of us all
The refugee and exile
Those who work hard to support their families and sometimes struggle to make ends meet
Those who are having difficulties in relationships
Those who are orphans
Those who are poor because of war, violence, those who have to be on Social Service..she is in solidarity with every mother who cries because her children are hungry, or cold, or are afraid, or whatever…..
She is the mother of the sick and refuge of sinners
She is our mother who longs for the best for us….
She wants to show us the glory of her son and our brother
Mary wants to teach us to pray; just as our mothers and fathers taught us the words of the Our Father and the Hail Mary. Mary wants us to learn how to hold the things of life in our hearts and find God in the middle of it all. The Mother of God prays for us constantly in heaven. We also need to be in prayer constantly; prayer is having an ongoing conversation with God. Mary talked to Jesus all the time in the home of Nazareth and she continues to do so in heaven. Mary talks with Jesus still about us. She brings our concerns and fears; our hopes and joys. Our prayer needs to be like hers…to talk always with God.
May Mary our Mother pray for us during this New Year and keep us close to her heart. May she show us everyday the face of Her Son and our Brother, our Lord Jesus.