Mary certainly was conformed to the image of the Son of God (see Rm 8:29, RNAB). Jesus shares Mary's DNA, and so Mary shares in Jesus' image most perfectly.
From her birth, which we celebrate today, Mary was conformed to the image of God. Her birth prepares the way for the events of our salvation: the Incarnation, death, and Resurrection of Jesus, the Word-made-flesh (Jn 1:14). Mary conformed so completely to God's image that she literally carried within her womb Jesus, the Image and Exact Representation of the Father's Being (Heb 1:3; cf Col 1:19).
Mary's conformation to God's image and will can be summed up in one word: "Yes". In this way, she perfectly resembles her Son Jesus, Who "was never anything but 'Yes' " (2 Cor 1:19).
Give Mother Mary the birthday present she most desires. Be not conformed to this age (Rm 12:2), but conformed to the image of Mary's Son, Jesus (Rm 8:29). Abandon yourself to the will, heart, and mind of Jesus. Obey Jesus by heeding the words of Mary: "Do whatever [Jesus] tells you" (Jn 2:5).
|Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from August 1, 2011 through September 30, 2011.
†Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 1, 2011.