Saturday, January 30, 2016

Youcat commented through CCC – Question n. 117 - Part III.

YOUCAT Question n. 117 - Part III. How could the Holy Spirit work in, with, and through Mary?

(Youcat answer - repeated) Mary was totally responsive and open to God (Lk 1:38). Thus she was able to become the “Mother of God” through the working of the Holy Spiritand as Christ’s Mother to become also the Mother of Christians, indeed, the Mother of all mankind.          

A deepening through CCC

(CCC 723) In Mary, the Holy Spirit fulfills the plan of the Father's loving goodness. Through the Holy Spirit, the Virgin conceives and gives birth to the Son of God. By the Holy Spirit's power and her faith, her virginity became uniquely fruitful (Cf. Lk 1:26-38; Rom 4:18-21; Gal 4:26-28).    

Reflecting and meditating 

(Youcat comment) Mary made it possible for the Holy Spirit to work the miracle of all miracles: the Incarnation of God. She gave God her Yes: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38). Strengthened by the Holy Spirit, she went with Jesus through thick and thin, even to the foot of the Cross. There Jesus gave her to us all as our Mother (Jn 19:25-27).     

(CCC Comment)

(CCC 724) In Mary, the Holy Spirit manifests the Son of the Father, now become the Son of the Virgin. She is the burning bush of the definitive theophany. Filled with the Holy Spirit she makes the Word visible in the humility of his flesh. It is to the poor and the first representatives of the gentiles that she makes him known (Cf. Lk 1:15-19; Mt 2:11).    

(This question: How could the Holy Spirit work in, with, and through Mary? is continued)

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