Lenten Journey with Mary
Something to Pray About
by Virginia M. Kimball, S.T.D. | Source:
Something to pray about
In hatred there are no brothers, no sisters, no peace,
only roadside bombs blasting limbs piece to piece,
exploding minds, crushing hearts and hope.
Only loathing, Sunni for Shiite, stranger
for stranger, abomination, widow and legless child,
fear in abhorrence, mothers abandoned,
fathers terror-struck in faithless flight.
Faith? Where is the comfort of faith,
Christian turning on Christian,
Palestinians driven out in shame
searching roadways to work, from homes
where children wait with pale faces
and huge, hollow, sleepless eyes?
Where is the loving mother, our shelter
who prays for silence, for men to forget
gun belts, caravans going nowhere?
Does she belong only to us,
is she only our guide,
only our protection,
only for devotion,
Muhammad, prophet of Islam, revealed:
"There is nothing in the earth and the heavens
hidden from God. There is no god but He,
the all mighty and the all-wise." Qur’ân, Surah 3
Can it be that the One who loves mankind,
all mankind, reveals love and care
among earth's brothers and sisters?
Is Miryam, Christ’s mother, known
and does she wait, like all mothers do,
for brothers and sisters to be shown,
to see, to wonder, if this woman
reveals the way to be sealed
in God's peace?
"The angel said: 'O Miryam, truly God has
favored you and made you immaculate,
and chosen you from all women in this world.
... O, Miryam, God gives you news
of something new from Him. Rejoice! This
news will be named Messiah'." Qur’ân, Surah 5
"Then the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid,
Mary, for you have found favor with God.
Behold , you will conceive in your womb
and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus'." (Luke 2: 30-31)
Where is the prophetic voice for us today?
Perhaps our prophet is a mother to say:
"A voice cries out: in the desert prepare
the way of the LORD! Make this wasteland
right for the way of God. ... then the glory
of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all mankind will see it together." (Isaiah 40:3-5)
She cries out.
She mourns for her sisters and brothers.
She is mother.
She can ponder.
She loves with care,
and waits "for the word of God
... to stand forever." (Isaiah 40:8)
Reflection on the icon:
In this traditional icon of the Annunciation, with Gabriel running to Mary, we see her clothed in a red robe, the sign that she will bear life to the world. The beam from Heaven represents the Holy Spirit coming upon her. Take notice of the red cloth that stretches above her head and across the buildings. This speaks of the holy veil of the temple. She will become the temple in which the Most Holy Son of God will dwell. In her hand is the red thread which she is weaving for the aier (the veil of the holy of holies for the temple in Jerusalem.) This detail speaks of the mystery that she is the one who will weave a connection between humankind and the Holy of Holies becoming herself the dwelling of the Most High, Yahweh's Son who is Jesus.
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