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Saturday, July 7, 2007

Theotokos

I still have much to learn about our most pure Virgin and mother of our Lord, but the more I read about her in books and also in the Bible, I think I am able to understand a bit more of her. We take for granted that we have her, I think. She was a vessel through which came our Lord and God and Saviour, the Christ Jesus. Being a woman, even a girl, she was particularly reverant and God-loving. I cannot fully explain how it plays out in my head and heart that she was so blessed and truly faithful, the Mother of all. She can be the model for our own parenting, for our faith and we can turn to her, as the mother of our christian faith and family just as you would, or would want to, go to your own mother. She can heal wounds that we cannot through her love for us, the ones that have been aching through the scars from our childhood. We are taught in our society to figure out how to do things ourselves, but I do not know one person, who, at some point has not needed another person. Whether it is to talk, to cry, to share joy, we turn to another for a connection. We wish to share, but we are told the opposite, to take care of things for ourselves because we are strong enough, we are smart enough and we are capable of anything as long as we try hard enough. We are all still children in this world no matter how much we grow up, we still have God the Father and we will always be someone's child, none of us were born without parents, not even Christ the Lord Himself. Just because we get smarter and older, it is nothing to our spirit/soul which is timeless. Our Holy mother, Mary, will always be the mother of our family, our Christian family. We do not look to her as if she herself can fix things, but she can pray for us, as a mother for a child, she can offer comfort in our time of need if only we ask, with a voice or in our hearts. I know that in my life I have often wanted to run home to my mommy when things get tough, how blessed and fortunate we are that we have Christ's mother as well to turn to where ever we are. This is the wonderful and great responsibilty of being a mother, in particular. We have gotten so far away from the teaching of the Church that it is easy to be confused and of this world and ever-changing cultural belief. Good thing for us the teaching has been passed down through the church fathers for centuries, without which, we would be lost. We have fallen prey to those ideas that draw us systematically away from our Truth, our family and our mother, as if she was a mere person with whom God had favor. Perhaps it is that she is seen as an idol, which is further proof that the world is taking hold of our senses. She is no more an idol than our own ancestry of family whom have passed away. I do not have much more to say on the subject, but I leave you with two quotes, one that I can't remember where it came from and the other is the Magnificat prayer, Mary speaking to Elizabeth when she was found with child.
"For those who believe, no explanation is neccesary. For those who do not, none will suffice."
Luke 1:46-56
"My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;
For behold, henceforth 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 on those who fear Him
From generation to generation.
He has shown strength with His arm;
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
And exalted the lowly.
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 seed forever."

And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her house.

Blessed be the name of the Lord, henceforth and forevermore!

1 comments:

Petronia said...

Lovely post, Xen. You have beautifully described what our relationship with the blessed Theotokos can look like. It is very edifying and helpful for me. Thanks.