Luke 1:46-55 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown the strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”
Friday, August 15th is the day that the Church remembers Mary, the Mother of Our Lord. That sounds odd, doesn’t it? How can God have a mother? Scripture teaches us that all things were created by the Father through Jesus and that Jesus existed before anything else in all creation—including Mary.
So, how could Jesus be born of the woman that he, himself, created? How could Jesus spend 9 months in a womb that was created through him? How is it that the God who created all things is now a helpless baby, nursing at a breast? How is it that the one before whom the holy angels bow is now submissive to his mother and dependent upon her for food and diaper changes?
This is the mystery of Jesus’ Incarnation. Although we have trouble coming to terms with it, the all-powerful, all-knowing, Creator and King of all things became a fetus. He became a helpless baby. He nursed and needed diaper changes and someone to make his lunch.
Jesus had no problem humbling himself on our behalf. He took upon himself our flesh and thus made all flesh holy. Jesus was cared for by a mother and thus blessed all motherhood. Jesus also took upon himself all sin—taking what is rightly ours—so that we could be like he is: living eternally with Jesus, holy in God’s sight, free from all sadness and oppression and danger.
Mary was a lowly woman. Jesus was born lowly. Jesus then took Mary, you, me, and all the other lowly people into his loving care to raise us all up on the Last Day.
Grant, we humbly pray, O Lord, to your servants the gift of your heavenly blessing that, as the Son of the virgin Mary has granted us salvation, we may daily grow in your favor; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.