a Mary Christmas
By Patrick Miron
Micah, chapter 5: 1“But you, Bethlehem-Ephrathah least among the clans of Judah, From you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel; Whose origin is from of old, from ancient times.” Prophesied 700/800 years before the birth of Jesus.
Matthew 1: 18-23 “Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel” (which means, God with us).
“Bethlehem was a little village about five miles from Jerusalem where the herds of the Tamid lambs for the daily sacrifice were kept in the fields between Jerusalem and Bethlehem. How perfect that Jesus, the “Living bread” should be born and laid in a feeding troth in the village whose name meant “house/place of bread” (Lk 2:16).” agapebiblestudy.com
A Christmas reflection
Matt.13:12 “For to him who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” A “use it or lose it message”. [Meaning “Faith”]
My dear friends is Christ,
Have you ever considered while pondering the Birth of Jesus; the very Son of God; now become mortal flesh, and chose to do so it at least in a small part to glorify us; to glorify humanity through Mary and Joseph, as we are the summit; the peak, the pinnacle of all “created” things? And they model for us perfect, and near perfect humility. A quality that is essential for our salvation.
Luke.12: 24 “Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!”
In all of creation; amongst the Billions of stars, galaxies, planets in the Universe, and the Millions of living things on earth; only one thing is made “in the very image of God”; [Genesis 1:26-27]; only humanity can emulate God, who John tells us in his Gospel [Jn 4:23-24] is “[a [Spirit & truth” and that we; meaning all of humanity, are to Worship Him in Spirit. [Isaiah 43 verses 7 & 21]
Have you ever wondered just how flesh & bones man is able to emulate our God who is “a Spirit & the Truth?” Or might this just be a metaphorical impossibility?
Amongst the Billions and Billions of created things; only one; only man is enabled to recognize God; and we therefore are gravely and morally obligated to do so. The only unforgiveable sin; is denial of God. So then, how does man fulfill the Genesis teaching that GOD has made man in “His very image?”
In all of creation only man is able to love and to hate. Only man is able to rationalize. Only man is able to make complex things out of less complex things. Sending a man to the moon and back; and the computer I’m using for this reflection are examples of things; God like in complexity things; that only man has the essentials to accomplish.
In order for man to do any of the above mentioned task; man must have a mind [not meaning our brain]; man must have an intellect [not meaning specifically our “I.Q.”] and man must have a freewill. Without these attributes; man could not accomplish any of the above task; nor could we actually know of, and then know God; and then freely choose to love or to hate God, which is a freewill choice all men knowingly or unknowingly have to make.
Each of these essential attributes; like God, are “Spiritual Realities.” They are the “things” that are a mimicry of some of our God’s own attributes. Certainly not to the same degree that God has them: but nevertheless; “God-like.” It is man’s mind, intellect and freewill, which God attaches permanently to our Souls that “make man like God.” The universe has a hierarchy of complexity and perfection; of which humanity is the top; the most complex and which alone can seek and actually attain perfection of spirit. [With and only with God’s help that we know as His Grace.]
If my friend you doubt this; that man has what I have come to term “our other-self”; our “spiritual-self,” which like God are also immortal; never dies and cannot be killed. It is this “other-self” that attaints “eternal Life” or “eternal-death”; heavenly bliss, or the unending sorrows of hells-fire for eternity. Our choice! Take for example your “freewill.” What is its shape, color, weight and size? We don’t; because we can’t know; and yet no less than our mortal bodies; they exist. And it is precisely “our-other-self” that fulfills and completes God’s promise of Creating man, in His very Image.
So now the BIG questions: what does this have to do with a Christmas message; and what more specifically does this have to do with Mary?
In all of creation for all time; God choose and God permitted only one person; one soul, to be born in an absolute sense “perfect.” This was not something Mary “merited” so much as being a gift from Jesus Her son; who merited this grace for Her. Not just ten fingers and toes perfect; BUT perfect in every possible way. Only Mary, having been given the call; having been granted the graces necessary; would be both born without the stain of any sin and then choose freely never to sin. Mary then becomes the human model that we each can, and each ought to with God’s grace; emulate. If we don’t set high our sights, we can never attain the higher things.
Hail Mary, [Lk. 1:28]
Full of Grace [Lk. 1:28]
The Lord is with thee [Lk 1:27]
Blessed are you among all women [Lk 1:42]
And Blessed in the fruit of your womb: Jesus [Lk. 1;42]
Holy Mary [Lk.1: 28]
Mother of God 1:35
Pray for us sinners [our catholic petition]
Now and at the hour of our death
Amen” [I BELIEVE!]
God’s greater purposes for the Incarnation include the possibilities of man knowing God in ways far more personal and intimate than ever before and therefore far more demanding. And of course to become man’s Redeemer; and if we fulfill the very reason for our existence; our Savior. Towards this end Jesus gave to humanity His Mother to be our Mother; knowing that She could, and that She would bring many Souls to Him, and to their personal salvation. [Jn 19: 25-27]
It is from this perspective that I sincerely wish you and yours a Blessed and Mary Christmas!
“May her name be ever on our lips and remembrance of her, ever in our hearts.” Father Hardon
Matt.13:12 “For to him who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away”
That you and I have been given more is indisputable; now what we freely choose do with the abundance God have gifted to us is our choice. Choose well; choose LIFE! Pray much. Amen
JOY to the WORLD! Our Savior has come!
May God continue to Bless and to use you in ministry service to and for Him.