Fr. Bob Warren's Reflection on the Feast of the Solemnity of Mary: "Be it done to me ..."
Father Bob's Reflection on The Feast of the Solemnity of Mary
"Be it done to me..."
we honor the woman named Mary. She had intrigued us for many years, yet
we know so very little about her. We do not know when she was born or
when she died. We know where she lived and who some of her friends and
we first meet Mary, she is the object of an ugly rumor. She is pregnant
and without a husband; her story about the Holy Spirit was not
believed. Then there was her very human anxiety and fear. What is all
this Mother of God business? How can this be?
when the Child is born, shepherds and angels rejoiced, but others
wanted Him dead, so Mary had to flee with her husband and Child. And
then they became refugees in a foreign land.
some point, we do not know when, Mary became a widow. She was alone.
When her Son is old enough, He leaves home to begin His mission. Then
the Son is caught, betrayed and brought to a mock trial. He is beaten
and humiliated, then hung on a cross. She arrives to see Him hanging
there, but she is forced by the soldiers to keep her distance. Suddenly,
every parent who has seen their child carted off to prison, or on drugs
or dealing with alcohol and told to 'keep their distance' can identify
with Mary — with her hopeless situation, unable to reach out to help her
she cradles the broken dead body of her only Son in her arms, she sobs
uncontrollably, and there she is once more, with every parent who has
lost a child, a friend or a loved one. We can all identify with Mary of
woman was given to us by Christ on the Cross. Remember His words to St.
John, "Son, behold your mother." Mary is blessed now because in life
she seemed unblessed, yet she always remained faithful. In all the
unfairness of life, she clung to God. The Church elevates her, not
because she started out great and traveled a privileged path, but
because she was the handmaid of the Lord, she traveled the lowly path,
and all the generations will call her "Blessed."
is what we are doing now, when we celebrate her Feast. We are calling
her "Blessed," and we are not honoring someone far away or high above
us. No, we are calling someone "Blessed" who knows what suffering is all
about, knows what it is like to be human, with all its doubts and
is the model for all who cling to God despite perplexity and adversity.
Mary is the promise fulfilled, humanity completed, faithfulness
rewarded. Simply put, she is us at the end of the journey we are
travelling. That is why Mary is so compelling. She is indeed, a woman
for all times and seasons. In Mary, we glimpse our own destiny. Not an
Immaculate Conception. Not a virginal motherhood, not even the same
glorious Assumption. In Mary, we glimpse God's dream for us for all
eternity, oneness with Him in every phase of our life. But only if you,
like that most courageous of women, have the courage to respond to Him —
"Be it done to me, according to Your word."