Our Blessed Mother was probably about fifteen years old when the Archangel Gabriel bowed in reverence before this little slip of a Nazarene girl and said to her, “Hail, full of grace; the Lord is with you!”
Have you ever reflected upon the difference between what we can perceive with our bodily senses, and what we can know by our minds and hearts? If we were able to travel backwards in a time machine and stand on the corner of the street in Nazareth about 2000 years ago, we might see a group of young women, each with her water jar on her shoulder, on their way to the town well. They would look a great deal alike; they would sound alike as they spoke to one another, they would be dressed alike. And yet our supernatural guide on this reverse journey of ours might tell us, “Do you see those girls or young women? One of them is unique. About her, some of the world’s most splendid buildings will be built; some of the world’s most beautiful paintings will be produced; some of the world’s most beautiful statues will be carved; some of the world’s most beautiful music will be composed. And without any doubt, more prayers will be addressed to her than to any other woman in the history of humankind.”
“And much more important than that, she will become a mother while remaining a virgin, and she will give birth to a child who is also the second Person of the Blessed Trinity, that is to say, he will be God.”
And if he did tell us this, we would be consumed with curiosity: which one is she? They all look very much alike; there is nothing particularly obvious about any of them to mark her out for all this distinction, this honor, this unique position. The eyes of the body see a fifteen year old girl with a water jar on her shoulder. The eyes of the soul see the future Mother of God, her who is most blessed among all women, her who can, with God the Father, look into the eyes of Jesus Christ and say, “You are my Son.” Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God Bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.
Note: This message was composed some years ago.