Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos
How truly humble is the Mother of our Lord… the oral tradition keeps her story known, away from the center stage of Jesus Christ’s true mission on earth. Such is the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos.
On September 8th we annually celebrate the Nativity – birth – of the Ever Virgin Mary. The Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos is at first glance just that: the birth of the Lord’s mother. Similar to the story of Abraham and Sarah, Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anna, also were without child for many years and through prayer were able to bear Mary into being. Promised, by an angel, to have a daughter who would be renown throughout the lands for time to come, the book of James (not part of the New Testament) describes how the faithful Anna promises her future daughter to God. And so the history begins.
I have spoke before, in some of my other posts, of the true beginning of our Salvation through Jesus Christ, such as The Feast Day of the Annunciation: The Back-story of Salvation. From the conception of our Lord, to His baptism in the River Jordan, there are many important events that happened well prior to the Crucifixion that give much insight into the way and purpose of Christ our Lord. But there is actually an event that often goes uncelebrated (or, rather, overlooked in its true importance) by a great portion of the Christian population. And this, the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary, was yet so very important to God and the future manifestations granted by the Holy Spirit that to obtain a future with Him would be possible through an intricately woven path of examples (Mary and other saints), tools of this world (the Gospel, fasting, icons) and His Church.
However, who can blame this to be overlooked by our weak and naive minds. The information that could have provided us earlier insight was not scribed until the second century and is not a book of the gospels or Old Testament. But who could doubt this work to be accurate, or at least pointing to the undeniable, that every action is God’s plan, including the birth of she who would be blessed and “good” enough to bear His Son? But, perhaps, this information being hidden in the book of James corresponds with who the Virgin Mary is. A quiet, humble and devoted child of God who is an example; who stayed back and allowed Christ to take center stage. One must conclude that Mary and her parents were out of the limelight to illustrate their humbleness and humility, trusting in what God had in store for them. And so the known history is less of them except for that they are known to many to be simply vesicles for the Holy Spirit. Let us take this and honor her and her parents as not being a central figure but rather an example of how to live and trust in Christ, bringing forth the Lord’s love – pouring it out – using the Holy Spirit that is within all our hearts.
Love in Christ,