Mary Beyond Christmas

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 12/18/2014

in Advent

Fourth Sunday of Advent–Cycle B
December 21, 2014

“Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call him Jesus.”
(Luke 1:31)

Mary Beyond Christmas

Look beyond the Christmas cave.
See Mary in her fullness of grace.
“May it be done to me according to your word.”

Mary, did you realize how amazing your response was?
Brave virgin teenager!
Yes, brave, faith-filled and trusting you were.

I wonder if you maybe thought saying to Gabriel, “No thank you.”
Mary, did you know:

  • You would become a refugee in a foreign country?
  • Your son would be born in a cave for cattle?
  • You would lose your son and spend days searching for him?
  • Your son would be called crazy and almost thrown over a cliff?
  • You would ask Jesus to work his first miracle?
  • Your son would be beaten and thrown into jail?
  • You would see him die on the cross at Calvary?

Brave virgin teenager indeed!
What a magnificent word was your Fiat,” O, Woman of Faith!
Mary, do you think we should create a new title for your litany?
“Mary, Mother of Trust and Compassion, pray for us. Amen.”

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. When you look beyond Christmas, what conclusions have you come to?
  2. How does the Virgin Mary compare to our everyday mothers of today?
  3. What does Mary teach you about motherhood and family life?
  4. In what ways can you call Mary tabernacle of the Most High or Monstrance of Jesus?
  5. Who are some of our modern-day Mary’s?
  6. What is your favorite prayer to Mary?
  7. What is needed in today’s women to be other Mary’s?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Sr. Kathleen Tobin December 18, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Dear Sister Juliemarie,
Your reflections on Mary are very beautiful and thought-provoking. Thank you. I prefer to have my own thought rather than answer questions. Maybe other people appreciate the questions.

Keep up the provocative prayer-poems that you write so faithfully each week.


Sr. Juliemarie McDonald January 7, 2015 at 9:34 am

Kathleen, if you ever have a question or two that might be appropriate, don’t hesitate to send them to me. This is the only way my writing will advance. Thank you, Juliemarie


christina January 1, 2015 at 7:20 pm

My favorite prayer to Mary is, “oh, Mary, help me figure out how to be the Mom He wants me to be.” it’s often followed with, “Geeze, help me figure out how to help THIS kid become who God wants them to be.”

I don’t know any Mary’s today. I don’t think any other woman could live up to how she parented, nor do I particularly WANT to parent a perfect child.


Sr. Juliemarie McDonald January 7, 2015 at 9:38 am

Christine, you have been given all the special graces you need to help these precious, special children. Ask Mary if there is a grace you need to pray for to be a more successful Mom. No one expects you to be perfect.
Neither Mary nor Jesus are looking for this perfection. Love, Love, Love. Sr. Juliemarie


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