Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.”
Why is Mary
we are taught by Holy Mother Church,
a participation in the life of God
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, §1997) — and
Mary, the Angel Gabriel declares, is filled with grace!
Filled with the life of God, participating in
the life of God as no other human being in history. She alone is
full of grace, she alone participates consummately
in the life of God — even before she bore His Son.
was to bear His Son. It was from Mary that Jesus took His Sacred
Humanity. It was from Mary that He took His flesh, becoming like us
in every way but sin. 1
How much closer
can a human being be to God ... than to have given Him His very flesh
... enabling, yes, enabling God to become man!
Jesus' flesh was
not different from Mary's — it was Mary’s!
— just as his Divinity was not different from God's, but
was, is, God's.
Ponder that a
while ... and look at Mary anew, and her place in the scheme of things,
in what theologians call, "the economy of Salvation.”
She was not just
as many current biblical translations inexplicably corrupt the Latin
The Latin literally means,
highly favored by God. Moses was highly favored by
God. David was highly favored by God. But neither Abraham nor
Isaac, neither Jacob nor David, and not even Moses, were
— that is to say, fully possessed of that participation in the very
life of God with which Mary was endowed through her Immaculate Conception
in the womb of her mother, St. Anne. She was to bear, to give flesh
that was untainted by sin, to the Son of God
Who can possibly
be closer to Jesus Christ both in Heaven and on Earth? Who is — ever
will be — more one with Him ... than Mary, whose flesh
is one flesh with Him since the moment of His conception in
her womb, His Incarnation — and will be for all eternity?
Who is like unto
Mary? No man. No other woman. Only her Son.
That we should
love her, who loved Him most, is loving Christ Himself in His Sacred
Humanity, a humanity inseparable from His Divinity.
In Him is Mary as she is in no other; in Mary is Christ
as He is in no other!
We cannot love
Mary enough. Nor can we separate her from her Son any more than we can
separate the Divinity of Jesus from His sacred Humanity.
Look at Mary anew!
And if you do not stand back in stupefaction, you are a stone.
full of Grace!
Ite ad Maria!
Go to Mary!
How like unto
the Son, the Mother, and like unto the Mother, the Son!
Geoffrey K. Mondello
Boston Catholic Journal
“favored one” (oddly enough, the New American Bible
used by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB),
had rendered it,
of grace! The Lord is with you”
— while translating
exactly the same text, from the same version, chapter and verse,
favored one! The Lord is with you.”
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opera tua ... quia modicum habes virtutem, et servasti verbum
Meum, nec non negasti Nomen Meum”
know your works ... that you have but little power, and
yet you have kept My word, and have not denied My Name.”
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