"The King Who is to come; O come let us adore Him."
27th Day: THE HOLY MOTHER
the side of the manger where the Infant
lies. His Mother is watching. Who is she?
A poor and humble maiden, but nevertheless
the Mother of God, The Mother of God! How
can this be? How can the Eternal, Infinite God
have a human Mother? Yet so it is; Mary has a
privilege which raises her immeasurably above the
highest of the Seraphim. It makes her more perfect
in her likeness to God than is possible to
any other creature. If, then, we honor the Saints
and Angels, how much more should we honor
God's own Mother!
Yet Mary has a still greater claim to our
homage, a more fruitful source of blessedness even
than the Divine Maternity. Her unswerving obedience
to the inspirations of God is declared by
our Lord Himself to be a still higher privilege
--"Yea, rather, blessed are they who hear the Word
of God and keep it." If only we realized the blessedness
of unswerving obedience, how different
our lots would be!
What are Mary's thoughts, as she sits watching
there? She has no thought save of God. She
is absorbed in Him. The hours pass like minutes,
they are a sort of anticipation of Paradise. She
sees her God face to face, and though His glory
is veiled under the robe of flesh, yet Mary can
pierce through it as none else ever could, and can
bask in the Divine which it conceals. O God, help
me to realize now Thy presence, when Thou art
veiled under the Sacramental species.