Fr. Jerry John Mathew
(Vicar: St. Mary’s Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church, Detroit)
St. Mary, the Mother of Life.
A mother is defined as the female parent of a child: the one who provides life and livelihood to everyone born. The mother shares everything she has with her offspring: flesh, blood, and soul. Mother is the one who makes the life visible which until then dwelt in the realm of invisibility. Mother is the real transmitter of life. The cost of the life of an offspring is paid alone by a mother in the form of the extreme pain she suffers during the time of the deliverance. In the mission of transmission of life on earth, a mother pays more than what a father does.
God is the source of all life. The Creator of everything that exists, living or non-living. Mary chose to agree to the plan of God to make her womb a heaven. Her submission to the will of God represents the willingness of the humanity to return to God. By agreeing to the will of God, Mary was permitting God to be visible to the creation for the first time on earth. She gave God a visible body, Who otherwise was invisible. The flesh of God the Incarnate was of Mary. The blood that run through the veins of God the Incarnate, was of Mary. Mary paid the cost of incarnation of God to the most. She gave life to the source of all life. She gave her image and likeness to the One who created the human in God’s own image and likeness. She bore in her the real life, just as God, the Creator in the beginning did. Mary is thus acclaimed the Holy Theotokos. May the prayers of St Mary the Theotokos be a fortress to us all, especially to all the members who have entered into this holy lent of the Church.