I read an advertisement this morning about the way Kirk Cameron and the producers of a new movie called, “Saving Christmas” is going to try and save Christmas with this new movie that comes out just in time for the stores to prove what Christmas is really all about in this world. I realize that as Christians we have missed the message of the “Blood Moon’s” of the past and I think God does not want us to miss it this time. The point of Christmas is to reveal to us the incarnation of Christ, but it would not have been possible without Mary’s, “Yes.”
A little context before I dive into the meaning of the “Blood Moon” to our world today. I think the reference was first made to me about the moon being a symbol of Mary, while I was doing a retreat called “33 Days to Morning Glory” that led to my first consecration to Jesus through Mary. If you think about what the moon does, it does not shine on its own, it reflects the light of the sun. Mary does not shine on her own, she reflects the light of the Son. As I looked up at the lunar eclipse, I thought about the fact that the world is shading the light of sun, so that we saw the moon as a shaded or “bloody” version of itself.
(Thanks to Father Matthew for getting this picture this morning in DC and posting it on Instagram!)
In today’s world, we have lost the true image of who Mary is, because the world is blocking the Son’s light from shining through her. We are told that she is just an ordinary woman, who happened to carry Jesus for nine months and give birth to him. Although most Christians will agree that the circumstances of her pregnancy were quite fantastic, they stop short of giving her any credit for being anything other than, an unworthy vessel of the grace that God sent to us through the birth of his Son. We talked about the 28th verse from the first Chapter of Luke’s Gospel account on Monday night with the Young Adult group at our church, and I think it is worth repeating here for all of us to reflect on when considering this point. The angel Gabriel was sent to Mary in the town of Nazareth…
And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.” (Luke 1:28)
So, this creature of heaven who is in perfect communion with God, the Angel Gabriel, says that she worthy of “hailing” or giving honor that would be due a Queen or noble person that was in a position higher than him. We have lost touch with the noble position of honor that God chose for Mary and we have relegated her position to one of antiquity.
We have done her and all women a disservice by forgetting that God planned to make all things right with the world, through the power of a woman, and that woman’s name is Mary, the mother of God. He gave her the great honor of being born of her, so that we would know what a perfect woman looks like, and our daughters would have a model to look up to, and our son’s would have a spiritual mother to gaze on to better understand chastity. We have lost sight of it, because our vision was distorted for a moment by the world’s view of our faith. Good news, the moon will be back out at full strength tonight, and so is the power of our Mother’s intercession at full strength right now. Will you be ready to take advantage of it, or are you going to let the world continue to blur your vision? I choose to not be deterred by the world’s vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and I choose to pray with and through her intercession for the conversion of the whole world…
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death…Amen!
Are you with me?