St. Mary the Virgin, Mother of our Lord Jesus
Mary has been venerated by the Christian church from the earliest days. The familiar Christmas story testifies to the conviction that Jesus was born of a virgin. Mary was frequently mentioned as being in Jesus’s discipleship group during his ministry. After the resurrection and ascension, she was to be found in the upper room, watching, and praying until the coming of the Spirit at Pentecost. Mary was one who stood in close relationship with the incarnate Son of God om earth must of all humanity, have the place of highest honor in the eternal life of God.
O God, you have taken to yourself the blessed virgin Mary, mother of Jesus your incarnate son: Grant that we, who have been redeemed by his blood may share with her the glory of your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. AMEN.
Mary said, “My soul praises the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior who has performed mighty deeds my Savior; for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.
In everything Mary was the perfect handmaiden who devoted her life to Joseph her husband, and to Jesus, her son. In today’s world of increasing familial discord, Mary is perfect when compared to the problems and issues modern families deal with. Meditate on ways in which you might sow perfect love and devotion in your family.