In the Heart of
the World

Receive and Give Life

Day 6: Friday, Week 1

 

Just as Mary was physically and emotionally involved in carrying and giving birth to Jesus, so must we. Taking our cue from Mary, this means that the more we interiorize God’s word and have Jesus as our constant companion, the more we will learn how to respond in love to God, with our whole being, physically and emotionally. Our very beings, like Mary, will be sacred vessels, always pregnant with the possibility of birthing new life, Christ. As happened in Mary, the life of Christ must flow out of us for others even as we open ourselves to receive that life from those whom we encounter.

Every man and woman has the capacity to receive and to give life.

Meister Eckhart’s words suddenly make sense. “We are all meant to be mothers of God,” he said, “for God is always needing to be born.” In birthing Jesus, we are birthing God.

We recognize that when our actions flow from the centre of our being, a maternal quality of fruitfulness rises from within. Birthing then becomes a metaphor for the reality of God that is already in us to come to life.

St. Augustine also wrote,
The members of Christ give birth in the Spirit, just as the Virgin Mary gave birth to Christ in her womb: in this way you will be mothers of Christ. This is not something that is out of your reach; it is not beyond you, it is not incompatible with you; you have become children, be mothers as well.

 
 

Reflection

Ponder the above quotations of Meister Eckhart and St. Augustine.

  • How mindful am I that my Christian vocation as woman or man is to birth Jesus, God, in our world by who I am and what I do?

Prayer

What grace do I desire?

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