Friday, December 18, 2015

Mary's Traits

by José Antonio Pagola (English translation by Rebel Girl)
Buenas Noticias: Blog de Jose Antonio Pagola
December 20, 2015

Luke 1:39-45

Mary's visit to Elizabeth allows the evangelist Luke to put John the Baptist in touch with Jesus even before he is born. The scene is charged with a very special atmosphere. The two are going to be mothers. The two have been called to collaborate in God's plan. There are no men. Zechariah has been struck dumb. Joseph is surprisingly absent. The two women take up the whole stage.

Mary who has come from Nazareth quickly becomes the central figure. Everything revolves around her and her son. Her image shines with more genuine traits than many others that have been subsequently added based on devotions and titles more removed from the gospel environment.

Mary, "the mother of my Lord." Thus Elizabeth proclaims her loudly, filled with the Holy Spirit. It is true -- for the followers of Jesus, Mary is, first of all, the Mother of our Lord. This is the starting point of all her grandeur. The early Christians never separated Mary from Jesus. They are inseparable. "Blessed by God among all women," she offers us Jesus, "blessed fruit of her womb."

Mary, the believer. Elizabeth declares her blessed because "you have believed." Mary is great not just because of her biological motherhood, but for having accepted with faith God's call to be the Mother of the Savior. She listened to God, she kept his Word in her heart, she meditated upon it, and she implemented it, faithfully fulfilling her vocation. Mary is the believing Mother.

Mary, the evangelizer. Mary offers everyone the salvation of God that she received in her own Son. That is her great mission and service. According to the story, Mary evangelizes not only through her gestures and words, but because everywhere she goes, she carries the person of Jesus and his Spirit. This is the essence of evangelization.

Mary, the bearer of joy. Mary's greeting spreads the joy that springs from her Son Jesus. She was the first to hear God's invitation: "Rejoice....the Lord is with you." Now, from an attitude of service and help to those in need, Mary radiates the Good News of Jesus, the Christ, whom she always carries with her. For the Church, she is the best model of joyful evangelization.

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