Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Mary, Did You Know

We love Christmas. I love Christmas.

But Christmas is nothing without Good Friday and Easter.

The only reason that the Incarnation makes any difference - let alone any sense - is because of the work of Jesus on the Cross and in the Resurrection.

Mary, it is said, kept all these things in her heart. I wonder if, during the Three Days, she remembered the shepherds and the Magi - Simeon and Anna. I wonder if Simeon's words to her: "and a sord will pierce through your own soul also." ever came back to her during Jesus' arrest, trial, and crucifixion.

Sometimes we make too much of Mary - there are those who treat Mary as some form of co-redemptorix or as some minor diety. Sometimes we ignore Mary too much. In reaction to giving Mary a place beside Jesus we over react by not giving her enough honor. There is no saint or other person (outside of Jesus) that has done as much for us and our salvation as Mary did. Her "yes" to God was the mirror image of Eve's "Yes" to herself. Mary's willingness to "let it be to me according to your word" is what gave the world God incarnate and what continued the plan of salvation. For this, she should be remembered and honored.

If you have time before you celebrate the Incarnation, please view the video below. It brought me to tears as I pondered what Mary did for us - how she allowed us to be freed from sin and death by delivering her son so that He could deliver us.

Hail Mary, Full of Grace! The Lord is with thee!
Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.

Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me - a sinner.

Phil Snyder

1 comment:

TLF+ said...

During our early Christmas Eve service, a baby began crying during the Words of Institution. It was all I could do to finish the consecration as the connection was made...

The child in the manger wailing - taking on the pain of humanity to offer his body and blood as painful sacrifice for human sin.

But Christmas is nothing without Good Friday and Easter.
Well said, Deacon Phil.