CAMPUS PADRE Offers food for thought
The first major feast of the faith, after the incarnation of God’s only begotten Son necessarily celebrates the Mother of the second person of the Trinity, Jesus. She is the mother of God. We reflect with wonder and awe at the unique relationship between Mary and God. We marvel at the meaning of being ‘full of grace’ and the trials of being the mother of the Messiah, and yet we never cease to feel her motherhood of us.
Mary’s immaculate conception, her motherhood of God and her faith filled religious observance are an important part of our understanding of Mary, but none of these would be possible without her absolute faith and very real relationship with the God of her ancestors, which makes possible her unconditional and freely willing obedience to God. Mary became an active, intimate and essential part of the plan of salvation, but her greatness resides in her day to day commitment as wife and mother, to live as God calls, no matter what happens and regardless of whether she is able to understand it all.
Throughout her life, Mary pondered more than what was happening around her. She reflected deeply on the living Word growing before her very eyes. She therefore grew in knowledge of God and herself, as she grew in understanding of her Son. Mary is the model disciple. She hears and sees, and she spends time pondering in her heart. She becomes able to discern God’s action, meaning and will; and she is able to respond. Reflection always leads to a call for response.
Just as Mary pondered the living Word, we should follow her example and ponder that same living Word in scripture, in each other, and in the created world around us. We too can be full of grace.
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CampusPadre is a college ministry Priest Chaplain with 30 years experience in youth and young adult ministry, who strives to let the Holy Spirit lead and challenges students to seek holiness above all.