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“She gave birth to her firstborn son”: Today was born for us (second part)

“My own Mama had nothing extraordinary in her external life. Her only distinctive mark was the perfection of virtues, which almost no one paid attention to”

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Mary gave birth to her firstborn son, wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn (Lk 2:7).

The challenge to which we are daily called is to fully partake of history, participating in the flow of events with our individuality and uniqueness generally with insignificant, if not seemingly irrelevant, roles and here give our brave testimony, aware of the fulfillment of messianic times and of the Word of eternal life. Ours is a fundamental and irreplaceable task; it requires us to place ourselves, like Mary did, at the service of the kingdom of God without reservation. The experience of the little woman of Nazareth tells us about the presence of the Father in her, and through her, active and fruitful, able to change the course of events to prompt them, direct them and lead them toward salvation. The Lord always intervenes and even today in the world, not through important individuals, or the powerful, but in the silent and discreet action of people like Mary, an obscure young girl from an unknown village in Galilee more than two thousand years ago. The Virgin did not possess anything extraordinary from the human point of view. She was not the daughter of princes; she did not enjoy the respect and consideration of people because of her noble origins. Neither her family nor she personally was able to condition the great dynamics of history. However, living in complete fidelity to the Lord, she possessed the intelligence of faith that made her capable of recognizing that the time for waiting was fulfilled and had come to welcome God’s coming to earth, to incarnate and give birth to Him.

On January 17, 1921, speaking to Luisa about the mystery of the effects of Mary’s Fiat and the fulfillment of the "Fiat voluntas tua," Jesus tells her that it is His custom to choose the most abject, incapable and poor souls for His greatest works. The Celestial Mama herself had nothing extraordinary in her exterior life; no miracles, no sign that distinguished her from other women. Her only distinctive mark was the perfection of virtue, which almost no one paid attention to. And if to other saints God gave the distinctive mark of miracles, to others still He adorned with His wounds; to His Mother nothing, nothing, and yet it was the portent of portents, the miracle of miracles, the true and perfect crucified, no other similar to her.

Jesus would act like a master who has two servants: one seems like a giant, Herculean, capable of everything, while the other appears small, short, incapacitated and unable to do anything, no important service. If the master keeps him, it is more for charity and to make fun of him. Now, having to send a sum of a million or a billion to a country, what does he do? He calls the little helpless one and entrusts him with the great sum saying to himself: “If I entrust it to the giant, everyone will pay attention to him, thieves will attack him and may rob him; if he defends himself with his Herculean strength, he may be injured. I know he is good, but I want to spare him; I don't want to expose him to obvious danger. Instead, this little one, knowing that he is incapacitated, no one will pay any attention to him; nobody will think that I could entrust him with such an important sum; therefore, he will return safely”. The poor inept person is surprised that the master trusts him while he could have used the giant. All trembling and humble he delivers the great sum, without anyone deigning to look at him, and safe and sound returns to his master more trembling and humble than before. God does the same! The greater the work He wants to do, the more He chooses an abject, poor and ignorant soul without any outward appearance that points to the work. Her vile state will serve as a secure custody of the divine work. Because of their own esteem and self-love, the thieves will not pay attention to her, knowing her incapacity, and she humble and trembling will carry out the office entrusted by Him, knowing that not her, but God, has done everything in her.

Looking at Mary and committing ourselves to imitate her faith means giving up the mindset of “everything and all at once”, of expecting immediate results, and arming ourselves with the patience of the Father, aware that the fulfillment of the time of redemption follows different dynamics that are distant from ours, which are like winding paths, and sometimes even seems to stop and regress. We must not become frightened, lose heart, or give up, but rather persevere in the certainty that the seed of the Word planted in the furrows of history will not remain fruitless.


don Marco
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