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Mary, Mother of God

Numbers 6:22-27
Galatians 4:4-7
Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8
Luke 2:16-21

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abba's daughter

"God has sent forth into our hearts the Spirit of His Son Which cries out 'Abba!' ('Father!')" —Galatians 4:6

"Mary" Christmas and Happy New Year! The Holy Spirit came to Mary, and she conceived Jesus (Lk 1:35). The Spirit cried out in her heart "Abba" (Gal 4:6; Rm 8:15). Mary became not only the mother of God but also the daughter of God the Father.

When Mary saw Jesus lying in the manger, nursing at her breasts, saying His first words, taking His first steps, playing games, learning to be a carpenter from Joseph, crying, laughing, or saying His prayers, Mary saw not only Jesus but God the Father (see Jn 14:9).

When Mary and Joseph found the twelve-year-old Jesus in the Temple, He responded to their sorrow with the puzzling questions: "Why did you search for Me? Did you not know I had to be in My Father's house?" (Lk 2:49) When Mary was taught by her Son to pray by calling God her "Abba" (see Mt 6:9), she addressed for the first time the all-holy God as "Dad."

When Jesus was hanging on the cross, she heard Jesus cry out right before He died: "Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit" (Lk 23:46). "Mary treasured all these things and reflected on them in her heart" (Lk 2:19).

After Jesus' Resurrection, at the first Christian Pentecost, and later, when Mary was taken to heaven and crowned queen, she knew what she had reflected on for years. She knew her Father's love.

Prayer:  Abba, on this day of prayer for peace and justice, may this world live in Your love as never before (see Jn 15:9).

Promise:  "The Lord bless you and keep you!" —Nm 6:24

Praise:  Praise Jesus, Son of God and Son of Mary!

Reference:  (For related teaching, order our booklet, Life-Changing Prayers from the Bible or our tape on How to Pray the Bible on audio AV 82-3 or video V-82.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 3, 2017

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