July 16, 2010
Zechariah 2: 14 – 17
Matthew 12: 46 – 50
Our lady has many titles; the most well-known are recited during the Litary in her honor. Yet, all of her titles, as beautiful and significant as they are, derive from her most important one: Mother of God, Theotokos, “God-Bearer.”
But the Church does not celebrate titles; she honors persons. And today, we honor the mother of God, under her title as “our Lady of Mount Carmel.”
An authentic portrait of Mary emerges from the pages of Sacred Scripture, especially the Gospels of Saint Luke and Saint John. From these Sacred Texts there is the image of Our lady as a woman of prayer, humility, obedience and service.
Her habit of prayer enabled the Virgin of Nazareth to listen in silence as God spoke to her through the Archangel Gabriel.
Her humility gave Our Lady the Grace to accept her vocation as the Mother of the Redeemer. The “Fiat secundum verbum tuvm,” spoken by Christianity’s Mother, reflected her total obedience to God’s Will. And finally, when Our Lady went to care for her cousin, Elizabeth, she offered us a lesson in placing oneself in the service of those who are in need.
May the intercession of Our Lady of Mount Carmel obtain or us these truly “Marian virtues” of prayer, humility, obedience and service.
Mary, Most Holy, Mother of God, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us, now and always.