December 22

Luke 1:39-42

“And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.’” vss. 41b-42

The scriptures report that Mary, though initially concerned about her son’s mission, became closely associated with his disciples after his death and resurrection. It even seems that by the time Luke wrote his gospel some had begun to recognize her special status among believers. As the centuries passed and stories of her immaculate conception gained official status people began to believe that she could be counted on to pray for sinners in the hour of their death. In our time many have learned to regularly pray “Hail Mary’s” as a special mantra along with their “Our Father’s.” While such practices are not for everyone they should not be disparaged. In fact they provide a powerful corrective to the notion that God has exclusively masculine attributes. Some even say that paying attention to Mary opens the way to an appreciation to of the feminine side of God. It’s certainly true that millions of Christians have found comfort and hope as they’ve turned to her in time of need. Elizabeth was right…Mary is blessed among women…and all of us have been blessed in our relationship with her son. And what would our Christmas celebration be like without the woman in blue sitting at the center of every manger scene? Jesus was fully human! He had a mother…and she deserves our recognition.

Thought for the Day: Why do some say that Mary was without sin?

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