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The Greatest Present of All

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The Knights of Columbus have long had a billboard campaign reminding people to "Keep Christ in Christmas." Sadly, as obvious as this is to devout Christians, the message needs to be given to those who are tepid about their faith or who have stopped practicing it altogether.

There's a second reminder — equally obvious to engaged Catholics — that deserves mention: "Keep Mary in Christmas." Without the Blessed Mother, of course, we don't have Christmas. It would have been left to God to find another plan of redemption for humankind. Fortunately for human history, Mary responded to the Angel Gabriel's invitation to be the Mother of God with a resounding "yes."

And it was done to her according to God, through the Holy Spirit.

Jesus was born to Mary and Joseph in lowly conditions, in a stable, in poverty. God met man on equal terms, for He was like us in all ways but sin. God didn't ask a wealthy woman to be His Mother. He asked a young, poor, Jewish girl. He asked her to conceive a child through the Holy Spirit, risking her relationship with Joseph to whom she was engaged and her reputation in the community.


She said, "Yes."

And it was done to her, according to God's will.

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without Mary and her "yes." For God's plan of salvation to work, consent and free will were involved.

She gave her trusting consent to the Incarnation that made her the Mother of God.

By extension, she also became our heavenly mother, which was confirmed by Jesus when Our Lady stood with the Apostle John at the foot of the cross (see Jn 19:27).

As idealized as the nativity scenes might portray it, when we look into the manger on that night long ago in Bethlehem, we see animals and squalor. We can smell the stable. We can see the way this poor woman and carpenter are dressed — not in gilded robes, like a queen and her king, but humbly, in a dignified poverty that actually tells of their great internal riches, for they both found favor with God.

The mystery of Mary's fiat, her "yes," entwines itself around the mystery of the Christ Child's birth, offered and achieved entirely for our benefit through the endless love that God has for us.

Mary's consent made possible the most priceless treasure, the gift of our salvation in Christ. What Christmas present can possibly stack up against this? Salvation is the only Christmas gift anyone needs.

Thank you, Mary, for the greatest gift of all.

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Elizabeth - Dec 20, 2013

Thank you, dear
Blessed Mother, for saying "yes."

Linda from Chicago - Dec 22, 2013

Beautiful, just Beautiful, I couldn't have said it better myself. I love Mary sooooooo much. She is perfection itself. Thank you!

Anne-Marie - Dec 24, 2013

Ma petite Mere Cherie du ciel, comme je t'aime. Merci

john - Dec 24, 2013

Let it be done to me according to your word!

Arnold - Jan 18, 2014

This is very soothing and comforting .
I would like a photo and a printout. Please could you send me a copy of this what I like most .

Peter - Dec 23, 2015

It is interesting to know that Mary has asked for nothing but offered herself completely to the will of God. She is Truely the Mother of God and through Her Son Jesus, we all are her Children.

Kathleen - Dec 23, 2015

I love Mary to folly....I trust in her to lead me to Jesus, poor sinner that I am....Thank You Immaculate Mary for your Fiat

Kevin - Dec 23, 2015

In our world that continues to turn away from God, from Jesus and all manor of faith, here is The Reminder that we are Not wrong in our belief. God is with us. Jesus was born to Mary through the Holy Spirit. We are not now nor ever will be alone. The world will continue on its journey to oblivion according to Gods timetable. We are left to trust and pray as Mary taught us. All will be well. Blessed be God forever! Amen

Sk - Dec 23, 2015

Thank you HOLYMOTHER WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH

CHARLES OTIENO - Dec 23, 2015

HAIL MARY, FULL OF GRACE, PRAY FOR US AND THE WHOLE WORLD, PROTECT US FROM ALL DANGERS, AMEN.

BRIAN WARR - Dec 23, 2015

Dec 12 1987 Vassula Ryden in a message from Jesus, said: never has My Chuch been in such a confusion; remember the wors of you Holy Mother: "the confusion of Garabandal was given as a similitude, to show how My Church of today is confused; it is reigning in confusion;"

Patty - Dec 23, 2015

I love my Blessed Mother and try to say her rosary every day. She brought forth her son and gave us the greatest gift of all on Christmas day! That's why she was named the most powerful woman in the world by the National Geographic magazine! No matter how many gifts are under the tree, there is no greater gift than Jesus!

Beloved Mary - Dec 24, 2015

Thank you Mary for saying yes. Where would we be today if you had not done so.

rosemarie from the keweenaw peninsula - Dec 24, 2015

I say yes my Lord.

wenny from Toronto - Dec 25, 2015

Yes, she is a remarkable mother... I went to Europe to Fatima, Portugal, Spain, end at France at Our lady of Lourdes...I was attacked of terrible back pain and hardly walk, she healed me .. no more back pain since then 2013. keep praying the rosary...

Gabriela - Dec 25, 2015

Our Lady is a blessing! She is a great instrument in bringing us Gods love. Thank you people for giving wonderful thoughts. The article is also a blessing. Here's an uplifting thought from a person with the initials FfB. "Merry Christmas can also be Mary Christ Mass. No Mary, no Christ, and no Christ is no Mass, Eucharist. Marys humble yes to Gods love brings us Christ and Christ gives us lovinging the Mass, Eucharist. A great happy (merry, Mary) Christmass is purely receiving God in mass, Eucharist." Meditation is from person FfB, and credits heros Blessed Mary and Jesus.