Celebrating Mary as the Mother of God may run the risk of obscuring the deeply human context of this feast. Put simply, Mary did not drop out of the blue. For all her singularity, what is true about her in the first place is that she belonged to a family, to a people and to a tradition. She was schooled in that tradition, in that long and patient waiting for the Messiah who would fulfill God’s promises to Israel. Her singular role makes no sense apart from her being a representative of the great longings of her people.
For us, Mary’s example invites us to be grateful for our own families, for our family of faith and for the more than two thousand years of our faith tradition that continues to inspire lives of generosity and compassion and service. At the beginning of a new year, we do well to see how much we are borne up by the faith of others and by the love and mercy of God.
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