On Sunday’s Mass our pastor talked about really living Advent rather than rushing to Christmas. My intention was to blog about preparing for Christmas, but after the homily I felt guilty and well I just put aside that blog for later use, haha! So, I decided to focus on this beautiful time of advent by emphasizing the role of a certain person directly related to the coming of my Savior, that person is Mary.
On Thursday and Monday we will be celebrating important feasts for the world and especially the America’s. These festivities are both focused on Mary. The church celebrates the Immaculate Conception of Mary on Thursday, and on Monday the America’s celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe. It’s far from coincidence that the church celebrates this great woman so close to Christmas. This extraordinary person is part of the story of the history of salvation, and she became an instrument of the Holy Spirit. God in his infinite power could have easily showed up in all His splendor and majesty without the need of anyone, but he decided to become man through a woman. This woman, the first tabernacle, is Mary. It’s completely illogical to me to celebrate the birth of my Savior and not contemplate the person whose “yes” would change the history of humanity. It is for this reason that today I write this brief prayer to Mother Mary:
As well as myself, you were young with projects and dreams to achieve. You were occupied with the responsibilities of your days and you lived by the law of God. One day, an angel appeared to you to propose to you a mission that you really didn’t understand. You became immediately frightened at such greeting from Gabriel but it was enough with a “don’t be frightened”, so that you could completely trust in the plan of the Father. Today, I am strengthened in your testimony of life. You put aside your personal dreams, what everyone would say, and your plans… with firmness, kindness, and sweetness you spoke the phrase what would change the face of humanity, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” This is why, Mary, I declare my love towards you, this is the reason why you deserve honor and veneration! In you, I find the testimony of life of someone who gives themselves completely to the plan of God. You didn’t find it necessary to put an excuse, you said a simple but intense “yes”, and without looking back you became the mother of God.
Mary, I ask you pray to your Son so that with that same docility, sweetness, and reassurance you lived your life I can learn to live mine. I dream to be like you Mary, so that one day like you I can contemplate face to face my God.
Thank you, Mary, for your existence, thank you, great woman, for your motherly love, and thank you, Mother Mary, for your yes.
Hail Mary full of grace the Lord is with thee,
Blessed art thou amongst women,
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
Holy Mary mother of God,
Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.
Joandra Ocampo – Writer, unparalleled love