31 See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is.
1 John 3:1-2
Today we have a reading from Jesus & Mary, Finding our Sacred Centre. Nouwen tells us that Mary wants us to offer us a space where we can be reborn as Jesus was born, and she wants to love us.
Now, I wonder what to make of this. I know that Mary can be a divisive figure. My Catholic friends wouldn’t have any problem with this. My more Protestant friends would run a mile. However, I can see that we would all share a desire for everyone to be reborn as children of God. And we can only aspire to the “yes” Mary gave to God. Much of this mistrust seems to be because it is seen as praying to someone other than God, rather than asking them to pray for you. Whatever the right answer is, let our yes be yes when God calls us as he called Mary. In my attempt to work on this, I found reading what Claire wrote very helpful.
My main confusion with all of this today is that I’ve come back from Evensong where we focused rather more on a different unlikely birth, eagerly awaited – that of John the Baptist. I find it hard to hear Isaiah 40 without hearing Handel’s Messiah in my head. But it did give me cause to pray that we might make just a little it smoother the Way of the Lord’s second coming. Maranatha.
Today’s action may be problematic. I’m told to either put flowers in front of a statue or painting of Mary (we have neither) or to (bizarrely) have a pizza! not just any pizza though. A special dedicated to Mary pizza that looks like this. Who knew? (Apart from Bex who found the recipe, of course).