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The year opens in the name of the Mother of God. Mother of God is the most important title of Our Lady. But we might ask why we say Mother of Godand not Mother of Jesus. In the past some wanted to be content simply with the latter, but the Church has declared that Mary is the Mother of God. We should be grateful, because these words contain a magnificent truth about God and about ourselves.
From the moment that our Lord became incarnate in Mary, and for all time, he took on our humanity. There is no longer God without man; the flesh Jesus took from his Mother is our own, now and for all eternity. To call Mary the Mother of God reminds us of this: God is close to humanity, even as a child is close to the mother who bears him in her womb. The word mother mater is related to the word matter. In his Mother, the God of heaven, the infinite God, made himself small, he became matter, not only to be with us but also to be like us.
This is the miracle, the great novelty! Man is no longer alone; no more an orphan, but forever a child. The year opens with this novelty. And we proclaim it by saying: Mother of God! Ours is the joy of knowing that our solitude has ended.
It is the beauty of knowing that we are beloved children, of knowing that this childhood of ours can never be taken away from us. Henceforth, to serve human life is to serve God. She kept them. She simply kept; Mary does not speak.
The Gospel does not report a single word of hers in the entire account of Christmas. The God before whom all fall silent is himself a speechless child. His Majesty is without Mother Of God - Various - Leonardo - The Absolute Man his mystery of love is revealed in lowliness. This silence and lowliness is the language of his kingship. His Mother joins her Son and keeps these things in silence. We need to remain silent as we gaze upon the crib. Pondering the crib, we discover anew that we are loved; we savour the real meaning of life.
As we look on in silence, we let Jesus speak to our heart. His lowliness lays low our pride; his poverty challenges our outward display; his tender love touches our hardened hearts. The Gospel goes on to say that Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.
What were these things? They were joys and sorrows. On the one hand, the birth of Jesus, the love Mother Of God - Various - Leonardo - The Absolute Man Joseph, the visit of the shepherds, that radiant night. Hopes and worries, light and darkness: all these things dwelt Kim İnandırabildi? - Hedonistic Noise - Silence Is More Musical (File, Album) the heart of Mary.
What did she do? She pondered them, that is to say she dwelt on them, with God, in her heart. She held nothing back; she locked nothing within out of self-pity or resentment. Instead, she gave everything over to God. God, who keeps us in his heart, then comes to dwell in our lives. These, then, are the secrets of the Mother of God: silently treasuring all things and bringing them Empire State Express - Son House - The Original Delta Blues God.
And this took place, the Gospel concludes, in her heart. The heart makes us look to the core of the person, his or her affections and life.
At the beginning of the year, we too, as Christians on our pilgrim way, feel the need to set out anew from the centre, to leave behind the burdens of the past and to start over from the things that really matter. Today, we have before us the point of departure: the Mother of God.
For Mary is what God wants us to be, what he wants his Church to be: a Mother who is tender and lowly, poor in material goods and rich in love, free of sin and united to Jesus, keeping God in our hearts and our neighbour in our lives. To set out anew, let us Mother Of God - Various - Leonardo - The Absolute Man to our Mother. In her heart beats the heart of the Church. Devotion to Mary is not spiritual etiquette; it is a Should I Wait (Or Should I Run To Her) - Johnny Mathis - The Johnny Mathis Collection of the Christian life.
Looking to the Mother, we are asked to leave behind all sorts of useless baggage and to rediscover what really matters. The gift of the Mother, the gift of every mother and every woman, is most precious for the Church, for she too is mother and woman. Francis Homilies
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