Thought of the Day May 11, 2017

By 2:10 PM

It is impossible to proclaim Jesus Christ, true God and true man, without referring to the Virgin Mary, his Mother. It is impossible to profess faith in the Incarnation without proclaiming, as the Church has done since ancient times in the Apostles' Creed, that the Son of God "was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary". The mystery of Christ's redemptive death cannot be contemplated without recalling that Jesus himself, from the Cross, gave her to us as Mother and commended her to us, that we might accept the most valuable gifts which he himself bequeathed to us. Thus with the Gospel of Jesus, the Church receives the proclamation of Mary's maternal presence in the life of Christians.” (St. John Paul II)We cannot give Mary any greater glory than what God himself gave her. But we can give her less glory, thus denying what God desires for Mary in relationship to us. What we say about Mary is nothing in comparison to what God says of her and her role in the plan of our salvation. “Blessed are you among women”. These were not just pious words spoken to her by the angel Gabriel. He proclaimed the words given to him by God. These words were confirmed by Elizabeth when Mary visited her. In Luke’s Gospel we read: “Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. And she cried out with a loud voice and said ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb’”

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