Your Faith and Mary
Traditionally May is the Month of Mary, when we celebrate her unique place in the story of salvation. Because of God's initiative and a young girl's "Yes" to the unforeseen, the presence of God becomes vulnerable in human flesh. In the ancient days it was the ark of the covenant that marked the presence of God. Now, Lukle says, something new is happening: Mary of Nazareth is the tabernacle of God.
Mary, like all mothers, gives her body and soul so that new life may be born. All mothers must wait for the gradual process that is happening within them; they must learn to let go of the child within them; they must not only nuture the presence of the child but foster its leaving. The act of childbirth is the painful cat of letting go, so that the life within can take its own seperate place in the world. Mary's vocation is not only to hold Jesus within her but also to let him go, let him become the person he must become.
Mary assists the struggle of God to be one like us. There is something dangerously new about Mary: the woman at the centre of the Christian story. It is a woman, not a man, who brings God's real presence of the redeemer will be known and celebrated.