Hello everyone. While it is still Saturday, the day of the week dedicated to the Blessed Mother, please allow me to share some thoughts which came to me as I pondered the great Feast of the Epiphany. This weekend we celebrate the Epiphany, and reflect upon the Magi, who came to pay homage to the Christ Child, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Yet they had to pass through the Blessed Mother – the Gate of Heaven – the “Check Point” if you will, before they even got near to the Holy Babe. This is the point I expand upon in the following reflection.
“O Come Let Us Adore Him”
Venite Adoremus – “O Come Let Us Adore Him;” so goes the well-loved hymn Adeste Fideles. This Christmas Season, as often as we intone Adeste Fideles, the image of the shepherds running through the streets of Bethlehem shouting “O Come Let us Adore Him!” certainly comes to mind. Yet very rarely do we reflect on the Magi, the kings and wise men of their counties, on bended knee humbly petitioning the Blessed Mother “O come, let us adore Him?” Yes, we have traveled far, braving the storms and bandits to bring this newborn King gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Yes, we the kings, the philosophers, the wise men, the men of power; we are kneeling at your feet. Though we are not children of Israel, the Chosen People; though we are pagans, we have seen His star and heard His call and we have followed Him. Will you let us come and adore Him, or will you turn us away? The Blessed Mother must have faced a hard decision. After all, she is the God-Bearer, the Theotokos. Jesus Christ became incarnate in her virginal womb, and she would willing give her life for His safety – as all mothers would.
The Magi found Mary as the porthole to Jesus Christ – the Almighty King, Existence Himself. She is well suited for this role, indeed she is His mother. Mary is the “Gate of Heaven,” and it is through her that we have the surest path to Christ, Jesus. We, like the Magi, will find that it is through the Mother that we find the Son. Indeed, the Mother does not detract any of the glory from her Son. No! Rather, her soul “magnifies the Lord.”
Ad Jesum per Mariam – To Jesus through Mary. How true are these words and on this Epiphany, may we fully grasp their veracity and live our lives according to this truth.
Thank you for reflecting with me and while it is still Saturday, please remember to offer little acts of love to our Blessed Mother on this her special day.