DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE — December 2020
Blessed Are You Among Women
“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” — Luke 1:42b (NRSV)
The name “Mary” means “excellence,” and one of the greetings given to her is “O Graced One.” Mary is graced, favored by God. Her relative, Elizabeth, called her “Blessed among women.” But we don’t really know a lot about Jesus’ mother. What we have of her are little stories and images. We think of the innocent young girl, the faithful woman, the powerful mother, the neglected relative and the beloved mother of Jesus.
One image of Mary that many of us do not think of, though, is from the book of Acts. It is the image of Mary as the praying minister, following Jesus’ death. If you look closely in the book of Acts, you’ll see that Mary was with the disciples after Jesus died. She started out faithfully saying, “Here I am,” and we last see her praying with the disciples before Pentecost (Acts 1:14). On the day of Pentecost, she was most likely also one who received the Holy Spirit. Mary’s life was filled with pain and wonder, heartache and miracles; yet she was blessed among women.
This season, we remember Jesus and the community of Christian witnesses that surrounded him, including his mother, Mary. We remember the star that filled the night sky and the shepherds that led others to where the Christ child lay. We remember the wise ones and seekers, looking for the One who is God’s child. We join with others to pay our respects, to give homage, to peer into the manger and kneel before the Christ child once again. Blessings, honor and glory be to Christ this Christmas and always.