Saturday of the Second Week

Readings

ZEC 2:14-17 or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab

LK 1:26-38 or Lk 1:39-47

Reflection

As I contemplate the Blessed Virgin Mary, chosen by God as the most important woman in the history of human salvation – to the point that without her there would be no Savior – I am moved to admire the leading role God grants to a woman.

This truth leads me to reflect on myself as a woman: simple, but with an important role for God in his plan of Salvation.

Being a woman opens up so many possibilities of self-giving to others. Consider the roles I exercise:

I am a daughter. As such, I can give testimony of obedience, patience, and love to my parents.

I am a sister. In this role I can help and accompany and love my siblings. I can respect and tolerate, especially when their personalities are so different, and not always compatible with mine.

I am a wife. What great scope there is in this role! What an opportunity for human and spiritual growth! With 32 years of marriage, I have been able to exercise full love translated into the virtues of dedication, fidelity, patience, prudence, and kindness (especially when the person I love is so different from me). And day by day, I build upon this shared life, which I not only promised myself on my wedding day, but also said "I do" to the partner chosen by my heart.

I am also a mother. And it is here where I identify myself and join (at least I try every day) with the Mother, the best in history, the great mother of my Lord Jesus Christ, my God and Savior, Mary Immaculate.

The great gift of motherhood has no equal. Being a mother, I have lived the best moments of my life. I have experienced all the feelings that exist in my humanity. It is there in maternal love where Divine love is reflected and unites with the ground. The great miracle of new life, of the littlest being, flesh of my flesh, blood of my blood, leaves me ecstatic in the undeniable, palpable and real existence of an omnipotent and omnipresent God. Full in love. And it makes me aware and grateful because he created me as a woman, and day after day gives me the gift of faith and the consequent wonder that family is.

And as if being a mother was not enough to show God’s great love for me, he once again poured his grace into my life and gave me my grandchildren.

Oh my God! How deeply you love me! How valuable is my life to you!

This certainty encourages me and commits me to faithfully follow Jesus, Mary and my Church, doing the best that I can each day and more (you can always do more, give more) to live in permanent gratitude to the Being who gives me everything for free, who fills me with blessings every day, and translate this gratitude into love, service, and dedication to God through loving the marginalized, my neighbor, or whoever else is by my side, in the way that only women can do.

Tere Sahagún
Pastoral Leader and Parishioner of San Juan Diego Chapel in Lomas, Tijuana
Part of María Inmaculada Parish