John Foley, SJ
This Sunday we see Mary just days after the grueling journey and the amazing birth. She is carrying out the promise she made to Gabriel.
The first language we learn is called our “mother tongue.” There are no “father tongues.” It’s the mother’s voice that first caressed us and lured us out of unthinking, inarticulate darkness.
All Christians agree that God is without beginning. It seems that a God without beginning can't be born. And so it seems that God can’t have a mother either.
Mary was filled with God because she was at peace, and we too should experience peace from God sending forth “into our hearts the spirit of his Son.”
Did Mary get any final answers from Gabriel or the shepherds? Can you make sense of everything in your life?
The Crib of Bethlehem plant put out those long arms
the end curl up just like your hand