Beauty and Greatness

November 20, 2009

Richard Rohr writes:

‘Jesus is the Icon of the Gift itself, and Mary is the Icon of how the Gift is received.

In her great Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55), Mary is not afraid to boast of her own beauty and greatness, because she knows it is all a gift.  It is not about her, it is about God!

Humanity is God’s miracle by God’s grace, not by our merit.  It is our daily emptiness that allows us to need and to receive God’s utter fullness.

Mary is the perfect yes to Jesus, precisely because her yes is spoken out of her “nothingness” (verse 48). We all demand some kind of “somethingness” from ourselves, and thus miss the major point and the utter good news.

Mary will always be the most orthodox image of how holiness works in humanity, how God is received, and how grace becomes grace.’



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