- God the Son, in taking to Himself a human nature, shows us that God is not distant and disinterested in human affairs or our condition, but is God-with-us. God knows intimately the ins and outs of our existence, its ups and downs, its joys and sorrows, for He has become one of us.
- The Blessed Virgin Mary is an example to us in saying yes to God’s invitation to cooperate in His plan to take on our human nature and save us. We see Mary freely and actively embracing God’s call, “and Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word’” (Luke 1:38).
The original Greek expression of Mary’s yes denotes more than mere passive acceptance, which indicates that she wished or desired to fulfill God’s will in her life. In the presence of the supreme value, may we, in imitation of Mary, declare the same. Doing so will ensure that we not only benefit from the “miracle of miracles” of God-with-us, but we will be cooperators, like Mary, in helping others encounter God.
David J. Conrad