Monday, July 11, 2011

Seeing Jesus in Mary

Earlier this evening, I was reading a blog by Taylor Marshall in which he pointed out that some English translations of the Bible are inaccurate when they translate “megaluno” in Luke 1:46 as “praises” rather than “magnifies”. The main point of his blog was that Mary does more than simply praise God – she magnifies Him or helps us to see a bigger picture of Him.

As I was praying the Rosary this evening and meditating on the Visitation (Lk 1:39-56) in the second decade of the Joyful Mysteries, I realised another beautiful truth about the role of Our Lady. You see, when Mary greeted Elisabeth, Elisabeth knew nothing of the fact that God Incarnate was residing in the Womb of the Blessed Virgin. Yet, moved by the Holy Spirit, Elisabeth exclaimed that the child within her (John the Baptist) leaped for joy in her womb when he heard the voice of Mary, the Mother of the Lord.

As I pondered this thought, I could do little else than ask God to help me to learn more of Mary because she doesn’t just point us to Christ, but she helps us to see Him so much more clearly. And it is only when Mary points us to Jesus (i.e. when we see Jesus in Mary) that we, like John the Baptist can truly leap for joy.

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