You have heard of Christmas in July, but have you heard of Christmas in August? All of this talk in our Gospel lessons over the last couple of weeks about Jesus as the Bread of Life, and that his “flesh is food indeed” has inspired me to reflect on the Incarnation. John the Evangelist writes that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.”
One of the great gifts of the Incarnation is that we are no longer alone. God is with us. How might we respond to this great gift? Perhaps the greatest example can be found in the one who bore Christ in her womb, Mary the mother of our Lord. As she accepts this monumental responsibility, we hear her say, “Let it be with me according to thy (God’s) word.” In this moment (and in her life), Mary models a life of acceptance, humility, faithfulness, and sacrifice. Similar attributes characterize the One she is bearing for the salvation of the world.
As we encounter the uncertainties of our lives and the world, may we remember Mary’s disposition.
I will have much more to say about Mary on Sunday as August 15th is the date on the church calendar when she is traditionally commemorated. As is the case every Sunday, I hope you will join us for this special day in the life of the church.