December 21, 2010
From Genesis to Revelation, Mary is given to us as a human witness (and participant) in the Salvation Story - she is the very means through which salvation enters the world, and through her, Satan is defeated.

Because no detail is too small for the Author, we can assume that God selected a woman to fulfill this role for a reason. When God broke through the veil between heaven and earth, Mary was present and responded in a very feminine way. Mary is always our prime example of how to 'be' a woman -- what it means, what it looks like. What can we learn from her in particular at Christmas time?

We know that Mary "took these things and pondered them in her heart". The word ponder has been so powerful for us at The Feminine Gift throughout Advent, that we fairly put ourselves into a padded cell with trying to work 'pondering' into the title or description of this blog. Mary pondered, meaning that she reflected deeply on what she was told. She took them into her heart, because it is a woman's very nature to receive, to be receptive. Yes, we can initiate in many way, and be the spark of action, but essentially, we are 'internal' beings; we perceive from the outside in.

When the Angel Gabriel delivered his message, the shepherds and others went about in a flurry of excitement, sharing the news with anyone who would stand still long enough to listen. From Mary we learn the importance not only of silent reflection (the pondering) but guarding the modesty of our heart. We are often tempted to share the things that are important to us (not to mention the trivia floating around in our thoughts) but some things are meant for us alone. Some things are a personal gift from God that should be treasured in our heart, and kept for private reflection.

Before the pondering can even begin, Mary offers her unqualified 'yes' to God. From her we learn the blessing that comes from obedience. If we as women offer ourselves to God by saying 'yes' when He asks for our service, life enters the world in many, many forms. If we allow God to use us, our families, communities, places of work, parishes and even countries can be transformed.

Waiting is another lesson we learn from Mary at Christmas. She had some sense of God's plan, but had to wait nine months for the birth of her Savior, and then longer still for Jesus' public ministry to begin. She trusted that God knew what He was doing, and allowed Him to work in His own time; she had done her part in saying 'yes'. In the meantime, she got on with the duty of the moment - moving to Bethlehem, visiting Elizabeth and so on.

Blessed Lady, we honour you as the Mother of our Lord. We look to you as our guide and inspiration as we strive to live our lives as holy women of God.
Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee
Blessed art thou among women
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God
Pray for us sinners
Now and at the hour of our death


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