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Mary Christmas!

You might get intrigued by the title, or you might say, “wrong spelling.”  Let me validate my greeting. The Christmas story: God-becoming Man, revolves around these two central figures, in the person of Mary and Christ.

In God’s plan of redemption, it was foretold by prophet Isaiah that a Virgin shall conceive and bear a son, who will be named Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14). This prophecy was unveiled in and through Mary, a Virgin, when the Angel Gabriel announced that she would be the Mother of the Saviour, the Messiah, who is Jesus Christ (Luke1:26-38). This had troubled her but with a genuine faith, complete obedience and total surrender, she said “Yes” (her Fiat) to God. “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). 

As St. John Paul II exhorted, “Mary is the woman of the ‘YES’ who, contrary to Eve, makes the plan of God her own without reservation.”

Carrying Jesus in her womb, Mary visited Elizabeth, her cousin, who upon hearing her greeting, made the child in her womb leaped with joy. Elizabeth filled with Spirit giving a loud cry said. “How is it that the Mother of my Lord comes to me?” Clearly, she acknowledges the Divine Motherhood of Mary and we do too, every time we recite the Hail Mary. 

Then on Christmas Day, Mary gave Jesus to the world, “she gave birth to her firstborn, wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger—a saviour has been born for you who is Christ and Lord” (Luke 2:1-14).

Truly Mary’s divine motherhood broadens the Christmas spotlight. It is Solemnity, which falls on the octave of Christmas, January 1, injects a further note of Christmas joy. It is a day of prayer for world peace. Mary continues to bring new life to us her children, who are also God’s children. Mary has a special role in our hearts, because the Lord is with her and she is full of grace. She has proven to be a worthy mother of Christ. She accomplishes her mission to accompany her son from birth to death. Who among us can outshine Mary in her total openness and availability to God’s son?

As we exchange gifts and greetings this Christmas, may we remember that we are giving Mary, the bearer of Joy, who is Christ, the reason for this season. MARY CHRISTmas!

 

• Virginia Fernandez 
 Annunciation Church