Christmas “Eve”

Many years back in the Holy Land, we climbed the very hill that Mary climbed when she visited Elizabeth, who was in her sixth month of pregnancy.  I had imagined then a young beautiful and simple Jewish maiden frolicking and gathering wild flowers along the way as a present for her cousin. 
At the Church of the Nativity, the priest said such thoughtful and beautiful things about Mary.  Mary’s characteristics and background were ordinary that at that time she would hardly qualify to be God’s chosen for a major task.    But God chose her, a seemingly naïve person from whom was demanded a great act of obedience.
Because of her trust and obedience to God, she is called the new “Eve”.  The name “Eve” is taken from the Hebrew word “hawah”, a verb which means ‘to live’.  Eve, the first woman, was a virgin at the time that she was tempted by a serpent in the garden.
Thus, Eve, a virgin conceived disobedience and death.  Whereas, Mary, a virgin conceived the Word in Obedience and brought forth life.  Mary is treated as the New or Second Eve who is the beginning of the second Creation or re-creation of humanity through the Redemption.
By giving her consent to God’s request, Mary has been the cause of man’s obtaining the joy of heaven again because she gave us our divine Redeemer.  Jesus Christ of course, is the direct cause, for by His voluntary death on the Cross, He opened the gates of heaven.  By His life on earth, He has shown us how to get to heaven.  He is the Way, the Truth, the Life.  He is Mary’s child.  She gave Him to us.  In accord with God’s will, she willed to be the Mother of the Redeemer, and she knew what it meant.
Knowing this, how was Mary utter her “Fiat” with so much love, with so much sincerity, and with so much trust.
Mary is the Mother of the Savior of the world.  She gave her life to give life to Jesus.  Jesus came into the world and gave His life for us.  We, in turn, give our life back to Him.

Jesus is the reason for the Season.
Mary is our Christmas “Eve”.

May all the joy of the nativity be yours.

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