BLESSED MOTHER IN THE SEASON OF ADVENT
Brothers and Sisters,
Here’s the first verse from one of my very favorite hymns that speaks of Blessed Mother:
Mary, first among believers,
Trusting in the angel’s word,
You consented, and conceiving,
Became mother of the Lord.
Mother now of all believers,
Give our fragile faith increase,
May we, trusting in God’s promise,
Doubts and useless fears release.
Blessed Mother is the first of all believers. That alone is a huge insight. Years ago, Archangel Gabriel spoke to young Mary and told her about Almighty God’s plan to redeem humanity (Luke 1:26-37); Mary said “let it be done to me according to thy word (Luke 1:38). At that instant, she became the Blessed Mother and the very first Christian.
All of this was anticipated in the Old Testament. Holy Prophet Isaiah (the quote is from 7:14) wrote “a virgin will conceive and bear a son and his name shall be Emmanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” Isaiah will go on to say much more about the coming of the Messiah: “the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light, upon those who lived in the land of gloom a light has shone . . . for a child is born to us, unto us a son is given and upon his shoulder dominion rests – he shall be called wonderful counselor, mighty God, the everlasting father and the prince of peace (Isaiah 9:1 and 5).
So, why all this about the Old Testament? I thought that we were talking about Blessed Mother, right? Here’s the thing, brothers and sisters, the foretelling of the coming of Christ is linked and intimately connected to the prediction of the importance of Blessed Mother. Here’s the thing, Blessed Mother is not incidental – merely existing because Christ needed to be born from someone. When Isaiah predicts the foretells the coming of the Messiah, he insists that the mother of the Messiah is of great importance.
Mary is not only the first Christian, not only a super important Christian, she is also the very best of Christians. Her Immaculate Conception – which we celebrate this week – was only the beginning of her impact on the Holy Faith. She was with Christ when He began His ministry (at the Wedding Feast in Cana), she was with Him as He spoke to the crowds and offered miracles, and she stayed with Christ all the way to the end when He was on the Cross.
I hope that you will be coming to Mass on the Holy Day of the Immaculate Conception. have a Mary Christmas.
Immaculate 6:30pm Saint Gall (07 Dec)
Conception Mass: 8:30am Saint Olaf (08 Dec)
7pm Saint Charles (08 Dec)
God be near,