UNBORN WORD of the day

August 29, 2010, 11:26 pm
Filed under: Mother of the Lord, The Incarnation, Unborn Jesus

Annuncia (Lorezo Venezian)

Two human beings are mentioned by name in the ancient Christian Creed so as to anchor our Christian beliefs in actual historical circumstances: “the Virgin Mary” and “Pontius Pilate”. The one mentioned in appreciation the other in depreciation. John the Baptist is not mentioned in the Creed, nor Joseph, nor Peter, nor Paul, nor the four evangelists.

“For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;  he suffered, died, and was buried.”

“For us men”, “for our salvation” and “For our sake” are three critical phrases which give perspective about why God came into our world and did what He did. (Recall the famous verse John 3:16 ; “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son…”)

The fantastic thing about this marvelous plan of salvation is that God did it “for you” and “for me” personally. But first, He did it for Mary! “…by the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man”. At the very instant of the conception of Jesus Christ, Mary loved Him on your behalf. She loved Him with all of her being on your behalf, to say thank you on your behalf. She accepted Him with an inspired maternal love not only as Mother, but also on behalf of her other children (see Rev 12:17).

Let’s consider how blessed we are that Mary completely accepted Him and profoundly loved Him throughout her nine month pregnancy and thereafter, by recalling these words from the Prologue to John’s Gospel: “He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God…” (Jn 1:10-12). Mary “received him” and she “believed in his name”. She was first among the “children of God”, but as His Mother, our mother too.

Through Mary, Christ “became man” – one of us, one with us. She immediately embraced Him with all of her love and thereby made the Incarnation of the Son of God an even more wonderful miracle because as a Sign of God’s Love it is accompanied by the best of our human love. God poured His Grace upon humanity in His Incarnation and humanity ( Mary) poured her affection and gratitude upon God! This is the way it should have been, this is the way it was. Sinful humanity (Herod) wanted a different outcome but Love prevailed – thanks be to God! (And thanks also to “the Virgin Mary”.)

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