Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb

Dec 20, 2018

Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb

The fourth Sunday of Advent invites us to reflect on the role played by Saint Mary. The whole process that makes possible the arrival of the Son of God in this world, as the apostle Paul affirms: "when the fullness of time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to rescue those who had been under the law, and to receive the adoption filiation" (Gal 4, 4-5). Without Mary's acceptance of God's plan, for the salvation of the world, it would have been impossible for it to have been fulfilled. The Son of God became incarnate, grew and was born of the womb of Mary, thanks to the unconditional acceptance to the will of God in her life.

All women are present and represented in Mary: single, wives, mothers, professionals, domestic or countryside women workers. Without minimizing the role of man in the family, but humanly speaking, it depends on the woman that the human life conceived in her womb can develop and be born. That children grow up feeling loved by their parents, that they can eat healthily. Who can deny the importance of the role that women play in the Church? Who is the one who generally holds and keeps the faith of the children in each family? Mary's mission in the Church has always remained under attack from the enemy, so it is, in relation to the role that women should play in the family, the Church, and society to keep it alive.

Pope Francis writes in his Apostolic Exhortation: The Joy of the Gospel: "The Church recognizes the indispensable contribution of women in society, with a sensitivity, intuition and peculiar abilities that tend to be more typical of women than of men. For example, the special feminine attention towards others, which is expressed in a particular way, although not exclusively, in motherhood. I recognize with pleasure how many women share pastoral responsibilities with priests, contribute to the accompaniment of people, families or groups and provide new contributions to theological reflection. But it is still necessary to expand the spaces for a more incisive female presence in the Church. Because the feminine genius is necessary in all expressions of social life; therefore, the presence of women must also be guaranteed in the workplace and in the various places where important decisions are made, both in the Church and in social structures".

It is very important that we meditate on the great role that Mary has carried out and continues to make in favor of our salvation; without her participation the Son of God would not have become Man, and born of a woman, as St. Paul reflected, writing to the first Christians. Without Mary's "Yes" humanity could not celebrate Christmas; but, it is also necessary to understand that Mary was a poor, simple woman, through whom, "God did great works". In the same way, God continues to carry out his work of salvation in each family, the Church and today's society, through the invaluable work that each woman attends to.

How can I imitate Mary in her obedience to the will of God?

Father Marco Lopez