Gazing into the night sky with barely 3 days to go before Christmas, my mind can’t help but rummage through history on what actually happened the night Jesus Christ was born, particularly the days preceding this event. But before we all get riveted in the excitement and rush of Christmas, may we take time to reflect on my model and inspiration, Mary, the Mother of God, whose bold YES to God spring forth our salvation.
Months before the birth of Jesus, an angel appeared to Mary and said “Don’t be afraid, Mary; God has been gracious to you. You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God.”
There it was, a young girl whose pure love for the Lord burgeoned in her the courage to respond with this blessed statement: “I am the Lord’s servant, may it happen to me as you have said.” Who else possesses strength of heart as Mary’s? Who here can daringly plunge into uncertainty with faith and passion? Who among us has the vigor to go where God tells us to go? Indeed, there is no one quite like her – a woman of faith whose risks in life allowed her to accomplish great things for God.
This YES led her to a gruelling journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem just to give birth to our savior. This YES allowed her to live a life of humility and love – in everything, it was all about God. Finally, this YES gave her the greatest privilege there is – her motherhood. As we celebrate the birth of our Lord on Christmas, may we remember Mary, our Mother, whose faith and obedience are one of the reasons why we are enjoying life today.
On January 1, we come to celebrate one of her major feasts – the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, may we be reminded that like her, our lives should always point to Jesus no matter it takes.