December 24, 2007

Mary's Womb

Many opponents of the Church will remind us that December 25 is not definitively the birth date of Jesus. So what? Tomorrow is the feast day of Christ's birth, when we especially remember and celebrate that miraculous day, yet every day should be a lived celebration of Christ's birth.

This Christmas, let's focus more specifically, more specially, on one aspect of Christ's birth. Let's remember who was the first person to celebrate Christ's birth, the woman that brought Him into the human world.

It was Mary who first adored the Incarnate Word. He was in her womb, and no one on earth knew of it. - St. Peter Julian Eymard (found on The Mary Vitamin)

Mary's womb comforted our Lord Jesus for nine months. How literal the angel's words were: "Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you." She was literally filled with Grace - with the very incarnation of grace and holiness, Christ inside her. Each day at Mass, Christmas included, we have an opportunity to share in Mary's blessing and truly have the Lord with us, to be full of grace as we enter into communion through the Eucharist.

Remember this Christmas what the greatest gift is - not just Jesus but the impossibly great gift that Christ gives us in the Eucharist - the chance to be full of grace, to have the Lord with us in the most literal, bodily way. In that way, we join Mary in the Christmas celebration. We are a daily womb for the grace of Christ inside us, just as the Church on earth is our womb as we wait for heaven.

Let us all pray that we become more and more worthy to join Mary in her Christmas miracle, that God's grace help us carry Christ as lovingly as Mary did until we leave our own womb and join her and her Son in Heaven.

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