Welcome to May, the month of Mary. To honour the mother of God this month, Veritatis Publishing reflects on the virtues of Mary in specific Gospels.
The Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38)
Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.”
Mary’s fiat (her yes) to be the mother of God is a bold act of faith. She naturally questions the angel Gabriel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” but fosters a deep trust in the will of God.
The virtue of faith requires us to see the events of life with a supernatural lens and requires the humility to realise that our human outlook is limited.
Like Mary, we can foster the virtue of faith in moments of uncertainty and difficulty because “all things work together for good for those who love God (Romans 8:28-34)”.
The Wedding at Cana (John 2:1-12)
When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Mary was the first person at the wedding feast (apart from our Lord) who realised that the wine had run out. She didn’t sit back, expecting Jesus to just solve the problem.
In the scene, her initiative and service are what stand out among all her other virtues.
God knows what we need but he wants us to respond to his helping hand with full freedom. In our day-to-day life, He wants us to rely on his strength instead of our own.
The Visitation (Luke 1:39-56)
In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.
Mary has just heard the unexpected news that she will be the mother of God but her generous and selfless heart allows her to go out of her way to see her cousin Elizabeth.
She travels about 160km from Nazareth to Ain Karim with haste, to the hills of Judea, where tradition says Zachary and Elizabeth lived.
From this short snippet of the Visitation, it is inspiring to see that Mary is not the type of person to be caught up in herself. Instead, she has a big heart filled with the concerns of others around her.
The Crucifixion of Jesus (John 19:26-27)
When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!”
Witnessing the torture of Jesus would have been a difficult and grueling experience.
Many of his followers, including Peter the Apostle, weren’t strong enough to accompany him closely to Calvary.
But Mary and the youngest Apostle, John, were courageous by staying close to Jesus throughout his suffering.
Jesus told his disciples: “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
How do you react to the cross in your life? Do you run from it or do you embrace it?
During this month of May, let’s imitate Mary’s virtue by reflecting on how she lived them out in the Gospels.