Posted by: Joe of St. Thérèse | September 25, 2007

Ave Maria (Writen on the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary)

Avé María, gratia plenta, Dóminus Teacum! That’s latin for “Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Today’s thought comes from this end of the specturm. In Gen 3, 15 we know that God made a promise that the seed of Eve’s offspring would crush the head of the serpant. This was fulfilled by Mary in the birth of Jesus Christ. (Ref Rev 12, 1; Jn 19, 27). The moment of the Word made flesh (Jn 1, 1-3) is a moment the entire world has been waiting for. We see 3 different manifestations or greetings by people. The first one I want to look at is Avé María, gratia plenta, Dóminus teacum. This is said by the angel Gabriel to Mary, as we see the first veneration (honor) of Mary in the Bible hear at this moment. This is one of those moments of heaven coming down to earth, we see the angels all being represented by Gabriel (Jesus hasn’t died yet, keep that in mind) taking the time to take deep honor and respect in this great moment, the Word becoming flesh for us. I can imagine in heaven this moment has been long time waiting. Just needed a fiat from Mary to get the ball rollling. God fullfiling his promise in Is 7, 14 “and the virgin shall bear a son, and name him Emmanuel (God with us).” I can imagine the rejoicing that’s going on amongst the angels to Honor the Mother of God. The second greeting: “And Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, said “Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.” At this point, we see earth’s recognition of the importance of Mary, we know that she’d go further on to say “And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Lk 1, 42). Which is earth’s ackowledgement as Mary as Mother of God. Imagine if you’re the Jew’s waiting 500 some odd years for this moment to come. Then in Matt 2, we see the Magi come into the picture as the gentiles. That even they recognized who they were with. When we are praying the Hail Mary, we’re refelcting angels and the humans reactions to Christ being with us. Hence the center of the prayer is on Jesus. Today is the feast day of the Holy Name of Mary, I leave in Latin: Avé María, gratia plenta, Dóminus teacum. benedicta tu inter mulieres et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Jesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc,et in hora mortis nostrae Amen!

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