Friday, January 1, 2010

Mary, Mother of God


My husband gave a wonderful homily at the New Year's Eve Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. He told a story that I have read before. But this time I heard something new and it brought tears to my eyes.
It is a story told by William Bausch called "Erik." It is about a mother and her 12 month old child (Erik) and a homeless person, who is dirty and wearing ragged torn clothes. And the child really likes this stranger, and is so excited to see him. The boy stretches his arms out wide and practically jumps into the man's arms.
The homeless guy is Us. We are him. Lost, without a home, sinful, raggedy.
The little boy is Jesus. He loves us no matter what or who we are and is so excited to see us, he stretches his arms wide open to us and practically jumps into our heart!
And the mother? She is Mary. Mary who gave birth to our Savior. Mary who gives us her Son every day. Over and over. Even now.
Mary, the Mother of God.
And my husband made the point that we are all called to motherhood. We are all called to bring Jesus to others. Like Mary did.
And still does.

18 comments :

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

I came by to wish you a happy new year and this marvelous story. What a great metaphor! I am going to list this post on my H2H site (about the homeless and Hungry); I think it will give people pause.

Oh, and Happy New Year!

Colleen said...

Elizabeth, thanks for stopping by, I love the metaphor too!! Thanks for listing on your H2H site. Happy New Year!

Eva Marie said...

Beautiful story, Colleen!

Tracy said...

Happy New Year Colleen!! I wish you all the very best in 2010!!

Colleen said...

Eva Marie, thank you! Happy New Year!

Tracy, thanks for coming by! Happy New Year

Mary333 said...

A beautiful story to start a beautiful New Year! The good news is that I got your book! The bad news is that Adobe Acrobat is giving me trouble :( I'm sure this doesn't surprise you, Colleen. Now I have to wait until my brother finds time to help me out. My husband tried but had no luck. I wonder if I can squeeze in a computer class in the evenings? Sometimes my lack of computer skills can be quite frustrating. We have Adobe Acrobat, it's just not working.

Colleen said...

Mary, thank you! You might try deleting it and downloading another version. I sent you the link. It is free. See if that works. If not let me know. Do you have word perfect?

Jean M. Heimann said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful and inspiring story, Colleen! God bless you and your family in the New Year!

Mary333 said...

Word perfect? Is that a game? ;) Just kidding! No, I don't, but I'll figure something out. Trust me, if you push enough buttons something generally happens:) How do you think I have learned to use the computer? By randomly pushing buttons, of course. When I clicked on the link for Adobe, blank page came up.

Colleen said...

Jean, thanks for stopping by! Glad you liked this story. It brings tears to my eyes every time. Happy New Year!

Colleen said...

Mary, you are making me laugh!I will send you another link for adobe!

Moonshadow said...

Very nice parable or allegory your husband gave. Really makes Mary's role clear, in evangelism and social justice issues.

Peace.

Colleen said...

Moonshadow, thank you so much and peace to you too!

RAnn said...

Neat story!

Colleen said...

RAnn, thank you! Happy New Year!

Patty said...

Thank you for sharing this story Colleen, it's a good one to remember. Happy new Year and God bless.

Barb Schoeneberger said...

Happy New Year, Colleen. Great story which makes for a lovely meditation.

Colleen said...

Patty & Barb, thank you so much. Glad you liked the story. Happy New Year to you both!