Lenten Journey with Mary

Motherhood mysteries.
by Virginia M. Kimball, S.T.D. | Source:

Mystery of Motherhood

Walk with me into her woman’s soul
Image of mystery carried in a womb
Secluded, dark, warm and throbbing
Enclosed in love
And awesome fear
Allowing life --
Pulsing entity of God who
Generates, fuses, multiplies
To replicate, communicate, die ...
Die to regenerate.

Feel an encounter with God unknown
Deep fathoms in existence, awareness
Are unexplained
Planted there to harvest endlessly
With no boundary
Pregnant in a fusing with her beating heart
Hurting, human tension, with pain felt
Fetal in its impetus
Joy spoken only softly
Uttered as a word to touch, to draw,
To live through darkness vast and deep
Touching realms
Not drawn by physical law
Not explained
But known
Sheltering a word
Sheltering the Word
This is her woman's call,
... this is Mary who gave all.

Reflection on the Image:
This is a traditional icon of centuries past and is still venerated for its deep mystical meaning. It is called the "Hodegetria" icon because it shows Mary "showing the way." We see the abbreviations at the top, in Greek letters, that indicate she is "Mother" and "of God." To the left side, we see the name "Hodegetria" in Greek letters. To the right we see the abbreviation for Christ's name in Greek letters: IC and XC. Greek letters are used on these ancient icons because Greek is the language of the New Testament and was the language of very early Christianity. Notice that Mary is pointing to her Son, who is not really a baby but the man Jeus, "Our Savior." He holds his hand in blessing, with two fingers together to show His humanity and His divinity, and three fingers together for the Trinity. This important motif is repeated and repeated. Jesus holds a scroll which means it is the Word of God, and that He is the "Word of God." Jesus always has a halo with a cross in it, different from the simple halo of Mary. A halo is a symbol of holiness. Jesus has a cross in His halo to indicate that He is not only holy, but He is the Son of God.

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