I bailed out on a Christmas post for the blog last week. Sorry!
Today, I want to talk about Mary. January 1 is the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. This celebration on the first day of the Year tells us that Jesus has become one of us! God loved us so much that He sent His Eternal Begotten Word forth from His Divinity, causing the creation of our universe. (If you don’t understand, there will be an Appendix at the end of the post that will clarify). This eternal Begotten Word, really effective if not hard to understand, received a name on Christmas Day. That name is Jesus Christ.
It is easier to know about Jesus than the “Eternal Begotten Word of the Father”, wouldn’t you say? That is part of the reason why Christmas is such a gift. Christmas gives God’s love for us a human face. God’s love is not just an idea that is hard to understand. We can see Jesus, hear Jesus, receive Jesus. Jesus is with us! Jesus is in us!
Maybe we can say that finding one’s vocation in life is finding out how you will receive Jesus? Marriage is a special and holy way to receive Jesus, in that it is a participation in the commitment of love that God has made to His Church. Husband and wife commit in the same way. When a marriage is a Sacrament, then the commitment of Christ to the Church and the commitment of the spouses are one and the same. God is in the midst of their love for each other.
Likewise, priesthood and relgious life is a receiving of Jesus. Through the consecration of religious life, and the promises of priestly life, a man (or woman in regards to religious life), particpate in Jesus’ mission here on Earth. That person is changed, to bring the God’s love through Jesus into the whole world. The world knows God’s love only through the faithful life of priests and religious. Without the religious, without the priest, the world would not know the love of God. There would be no Church! Where the priest or religious is found, so is Jesus!
When we commit to our vocation to marriage, the priesthood, or religious life, Jesus is really “born again” into the world. In a way, when we find our vocation, we are bringing Jesus to rebirth in the world. There is only one who we can turn to, so that she may show us how to do that. Only Mary can show us how. Mary must guide us, and show us the Father’s will. She must show us how the Father is sending Jesus into the world through us. She knows the way.
And so, entrust your vocation to Mary! She will show you the way how! Happy New Year!