August 14, 2021
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If I were to ask you, "Who is Mary?" you would probably respond, "the mother of Jesus," or, "the mother of God." And you would be correct. But if I were to ask you, "Who is Mary to you?" your answer would be quite different. It is an important question and each of us would have a different answer. So, let's talk about that.
Before Jesus was born and Mary was expecting Jesus, she met with her cousin Elizabeth. Who was Mary to Elizabeth? Well, her cousin, of course, but we know more. Because upon greeting Mary who was carrying Jesus in her womb, Elizabeth said to Mary, "who am I that the mother of my Lord should come to me?" (Luke 1:43) So Elizabeth recognizes Mary as the mother of God, even before Jesus is born! That is the part of the sentence that we notice right away. But there is another part that comes first that can be very helpful in understanding our relationship to Mary. That is the part where Elizabeth asks, "who am I?" To understand our relationship with Mary, it is important to know about ourselves.
As we turn to Mary, who does Mary see? What do we look like to Mary? Since she is our mother, it is safe to say that she looks upon us with great love no matter what. But don't we want to look the very best we can? This week let us pray to Mary asking for the grace to become all that God created us to be. Let us live as Jesus taught. Let us do all we can to please our Mother and her son, Jesus Christ.