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August 22, 2006

For the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary the Queen, August 22

Luke 1:39-47 (one of the options for Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary)

Who am I that the MOTHER of my Lord should come to me?

St. Elizabeth does not ask, “Who am I that my LORD should come to me?”
For St. Elizabeth, herself a woman of the Gospel, it is already too much that the Lord’s MOTHER should come to her.
The “Mother of My Lord God,” truly the “Queen Mother.”
As Mary went in haste into the hill country, her body carried the growing flesh and blood of God.
God entered the world of time and space.
He took on the nature, flesh and blood of our humanity.
Even as an embryonic baby he had the power of the Spirit to make known his secret presence and his divinity, and to cause another unborn baby to kick for joy.
Mary, newly pregnant, hurries into the hill country to the house of Zechariah and Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth hears the greeting of Mary, the babe in her own womb shakes for joy.
The Holy Spirit fills Elizabeth, and she shouts to Mary.
Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
And why is this granted me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

The Holy Spirit acknowledges through Elizabeth that Mary is the mother of the Lord God.
Mary has been carrying a Child of flesh and blood for only a short time.
However, the Person who is that Child is God from before the creation of the universe.
That is the unbelievable scandal and glory of God’s plan for us.
He does not remain entirely beyond us.
He does not sprinkle our salvation into our souls from beyond the sky.
He has come to be our salvation IN THE FLESH.
In doing so, our Creator shows his primordial judgment that the world and ALL FLESH is good.
Our world IS deeply afflicted by sin and suffering, so it can be easy to think the flesh is only a thing of sin and suffering— only that and nothing more.
That is not the truth about us.
It is not the plan of God.
He comes to turn upside down this world of sin and suffering.
His plan, then, looks upside down to the world.
The living God shows the truth of his boundless love by extending himself in his Son really and truly into OUR nature, OUR flesh and OUR blood.
In his love he pours himself freely and completely into every abyss of sin and suffering that we must undergo.
In his freedom and the excess of his love, he personally undergoes the worst of our human lot: to die and to know the God-forsaken abandonment brought on by sin.
He has taken into his embrace and into his very self the whole bloody spectrum of human misery.
Nothing in the world is a barrier to God’s personal real presence and love.
Mary’s perpetual virginity was and is no barrier.
Your sins and mine are no barrier.
Human life is no barrier.
Death is no barrier.
God has taken all of it to himself.
He has personally taken on everything that is human, both the best and the worst.
In return, it is his plan to have us completely take on the glory of his divinity.
That is his plan.
Now in his Eucharist, he lays out his plan in the form of food and drink.
In this sacrament, bread and wine give way to the power of the Spirit and the Son of God in his real flesh and blood.
God comes to displace sin in our own flesh and blood so that we might be revealed as sons and daughters of God, bearers of his Spirit.
We watch for the day when Christ will return and bring this plan to its final fulfillment in all the sons and daughters of God.
Until Christ come to final and full birth through all who are to be the sons and daughters of God, let us pray our Queen, his Mother, to hurry into the hill country of our lives, and make known to us the power of the Spirit and the presence of Christ her Son.

That God Be Glorified in All


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