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Let It Be Done Unto Me

posted Aug 28, 2014, 7:37 AM by Church of the Risen Christ   [ updated Aug 28, 2014, 7:38 AM ]
How incredulous Mary must have been when she first heard from the angel Gabriel that she had found favour with God. That she would bear a son, to be named Jesus {interpreted as “Yahweh saves”}, as He will save us from our sins, just as the Prophet Isaiah had foretold: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel” (Isa 7:14)

Mary’s enduring love for God translated to listening for His call, with complete obedience, acceptance and availability to God. She lived her faith by willingly accepting His call to be the mother of His Son. She did not allow general opinions nor cultural norms to affect her decision to follow where God asked her to go, even to agreeing to being with child before she was married, during a time where she would have been made an outcast or worse, stoned to death.

Not long after, her cousin Elizabeth calls Mary the “mother of my Lord”. Without much ceremony, Mary puts herself at the service of others, knowing that Elizabeth was elderly and would be in need of help. Emphasized by Jesus at the washing of feet, that the greatest love we can show others is to serve one another. Like Jesus who “comes to serve and not to be served,” (Matt 20:28) we are called to become servants of all. Mary is our model of discipleship. She tells us also to “do whatever He tells you to do” (John 2:5).

Being mother of our Lord, who is King over all creation, Mary would then be mother to us all, just as Jesus had declared on the cross. Being a mother means doing all she can to preserve love and unity amongst her children. As our mother, Mary is a powerful advocate for us in heaven. Just as Mary was able to ask Jesus to help at the wedding in Cana, we can be confident that when it is time, Mary would not hesitate to intercede for us. “Holy Mary mother of God pray for us sinners now and the hour of our death.”