This is the irrational season
when love blooms bright and wild.
Had Mary been filled with reason,
there’d have been no room for the child.
I started this post a few days ago,aiming to publish it at the first of Advent. Now, as the first of December has now dawned upon us, I think it’s more than appropriate to be thinking about not only the Christmas season, but also Jesus.
In today’s case, His mother Mary.
My Catholic friends and I may never completely, fully agree on what to do with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, but I think we can agree on one thing: She is a model Christian that abandoned human sensibility for the sake of the kingdom of God, and is therefore, to be respected. Risking abandonment, a broken engagement, and being ostracized, Mary chose to bear the Son of God at what is believed to be a very young age (13 or 14). Not an easy task.
This Christmas (and for the rest of your life), what will you risk for Jesus? I believe Mary’s story captures model obedience to the Lord and a trust in the fact that He will, to quote Julian of Norwich, “make all things well.” I encourage you to neglect the reason of the world this Christmas and to focus on an obedience that allows you to say “Yes” to God in all situations.