We Can Only Imagine
Today, as a Catholic Church we commemorate and honor the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. What a great way to start every New Year, taking time to honor the woman chosen by God to be
“Theotokos”: Mother of God. We can only imagine the life of Mary, chosen from the moment of her Immaculate Conception to be the woman who would carry and give birth to our Savior. We can only imagine how stunned she was at the sight of the angel Gabriel and the sound of his voice as he delivered his message:
“Greetings favored one! The Lord is with you. Do not be afraid Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus.” Luke 1.28, 30-31 And we can only imagine the emotions she must have felt; fear, wonder, anxiety, awe, doubt, anticipation, confusion. All of the emotions any human would experience upon being delivered that message. Mary accepted her chosen role with great reverence and respect dependent upon and trusting God to be with her and to guide her.
Mary is for us all, a model of the ultimate disciple; one who gave of herself completely, participating in God’s plan for her life. We can only imagine how often she wondered how she would get through it. How would she get through this pregnancy? What was it going to be like to give birth to a child? How would she and Joseph raise this child? And how would her life and the lives of others be changed by the Son she would bear?
We too, have questions about God’s plan for our lives. We, like Mary experience an array of emotions as we deal with what comes our way. And we, like Mary must remain dependent upon God trusting he will be with us through it all. With gratitude for her example let us begin this New
Year with great resolve to live as disciples of Jesus Christ, for in doing so we show great honor to the Mother of God, our Blessed Mother.
With joy in the New Year,