Mary chose life for Jesus. She, who was sinless, became the tabernacle for the living God. She said, "Let it be done to me according to His Will." She chose to give Jesus life and to carry Him in her womb for 9 months. She chose God and she chose life.
Mary felt Jesus growing inside of her. She felt him move within her body. Her blood flowed in a His veins as he grew in her body. Mary's body grew. She gained weight. She had a baby bump, a most blessed and holy baby bump! Mary rejoiced at the birth of her Son. She held him in her arms. She adored and worshiped her Son, her God. She radiated joy as she shared Him with her family and friends, even though they did not know who He was. She watched Him grow to be a man. She saw Him die on the cross. Her joy turned into sorrow. She became the sorrowful Mother, and then, Jesus rose from the dead!
Before Jesus died on the cross, He said to John, "Behold your mother." He said to Mary, "Behold your son". In that moment Mary became our Mother, a gift from Jesus to the world.
Mary also lived a quiet, busy life with her husband Joseph and her precious Son, Jesus. She cooked. She cleaned. She took care of her family. She lived a quiet, unseen life. Joseph was a carpenter. The family was ordinary. They did not make the news. They were ordinary, simple people raising a Son. Mary, like women today, lived a simple life, unknown to the world, yet, nestled in her arms, as she sang Him to sleep each night, was Jesus, the Promised One, the Lamb of God, the Son of God, and no one even suspected.
Mary, the Mother of God,taught her Son as any mother would. When it came time, it was Mary, inspired by the Holy Spirit who told Jesus, at the wedding in Cana, "They have no wine." Knowing that He would do what she asked Him, Mary turned to the waiters and said, Do whatever He tells you." Jesus must have smiled as He bantered with His Mother, "My time has not yet come." Jesus began His public ministry through His Mother's intercession that saved the newly married couple the embarrassment of having no wine for their guests.
Mothers today not only have the gift of free will given by God and imprinted in every person's soul, but Mothers also have the "right" to choose whether or not they will give birth to their babies. If a mother "chooses," she can have an abortion, thus ending her chid's life.
Women are asked if they want to “terminate the pregnancy.” A baby is referred to as a pregnancy. What if a medical care professional asked, instead, ”Do you want to kill your baby?" How would a mother respond? I know it’s an agonizing decision for women to have an abortion or not, but our culture has made it easy to abort a baby and has made it acceptable. Women today don't realize the gravity of their decision to abort their babies.
As difficult as it may be to allow a child to be born who is disabled or unwanted, God blesses the woman who gives her baby the gift of life. We need to pray for the lives of all unborn babies and for their mothers. We need to pray for all women who have had or are contemplating abortions. We need to be the love of Christ for them in our world.
Mary also had a choice. She, like us, had been gifted with free will. When the angel waited for her decision, Mary thought and asked one question, "how can this be since I do not know man?"
When assured that the Holy Spirit would come upon her, Mary did not hesitate. She humbly accepted God's will for her, and Jesus, the Son of God, was conceived in her womb. When He died, Jesus made His Mother, our Mother.
Happy Mother's Day, to all women and our most Blessed Mother, for Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus!
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