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MARY’S CHARACTERISTICS

Mary’s visit to Elizabeth allows the evangelist Luke to put the Baptist and Jesus in contact even before they were born. A very special atmosphere permeates the scene. The two women are going to be mothers. Both have been called to collaborate in God’s plan. No men are present. Zechariah is unable to talk. Joseph is surprisingly absent. These two women occupy the whole scene.

Mary, who has arrived in haste from Nazareth, takes center stage. Everything revolves around her and her Son. Her image shines with features more genuine than many others that have additionally been given to her later on the basis of devotions and titles far removed from the climate of the gospels.

  • Mary, the mother of my Lord  That is how Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, greets her in a loud voice. Indeed, for Jesus’ followers, Mary is the Mother of our Lord, first of all. This is the starting point of all her greatness. The first Christians never separate Mary from Jesus. They are inseparable. Blessed by God among women, she offers us to Jesus, the blessed fruit of her womb.
  • Mary, the believer  Elizabeth declares her blessed because she believed. Mary is great not just because of her biological motherhood, but because she welcomed with faith God’s call to be Mother of the Savior. She knew how to listen to God; she kept his word in her heart; she meditated on it; she put it into practice, faithfully fulfilling her vocation. Mary is a believing Mother.
  • Mary, the evangelizer  Mary offers to us all God’s salvation that she has welcomed in the person of her own Son. This is her great mission and her service. According to this account, Mary evangelizes not only with her actions and words, but because where she goes, there she brings Jesus and his Spirit within her. This is what is essential in any evangelizing act.
  • Mary, the bearer of joy  Mary’s greeting transmits the infectious joy that springs from her Son Jesus. She has been the first one to hear God’s invitation: Rejoice… the Lord is with you. Now, by means of an attitude of service and help for those who need it, Mary spreads the Good News of Jesus, the Christ, whom she carries with her always. She is, for the Church, the best model of a joyful evangelization.

December 20, 2015
4 Advent (C)
Luke 1, 39-45

 

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