Many of my reflections and sermonettes have focused around Mary as an example of faithful discipleship. She was the first to stay yes to Christ and remained by his side from womb to tomb. Throughout her life Mary is an example of radical discipleship. She said yes to GOD without considering risk and not knowing what would come. Cuban Mariology describes Mary as la Virgen Mambisa, for she is la Virgen que lucha. She is a mujerista who does not wait for a man to tell her what to do. Hers is an active discipleship; she is not one to be sitting around doing nothing.
As a practicing Jew, she knew of the promise of the Messiah. During the annunciation the coming of the Messiah is revealed and her yes reflects that she knew what she had to do regardless of the unknown hardships that were to come. In the Gospel of Luke, we see how she sets out to help Elizabeth despite the scandal that could place not only her life but also the life of her child in danger. Perhaps a bit reckless on her part, she wants to share Christ with others not for her own personal glorification, rather it is to bring GOD glory through selfless and loving service. Her yes was lived out “on the go”.
While pregnant she rides a donkey and after giving birth she goes into exile with her husband and newborn child. In Matthew’s Gospel we see how it is her example of entrega that influences Joseph to accept GOD’s invitation. In John’s account of the Wedding of Cana, she is aware of a need and turns to her ”baby boy” to help remedy the situation. We discussed in class how perhaps she felt it was time for Jesus to begin his ministry; however, on a basic level she knew that in the moment something had to be done not knowing that it would lead to a slew of miracles simply for changing water into wine. In the few glimpses of Mary in the New Testament, we encounter a woman who takes charge of her life and whose chutzpah will impact how her husband, Son, and the Apostles live out GOD’s will in their daily lives.
As Latin@s we are familiar with la lucha cotidiana. Like Mary, GOD calls us all to enfrentar la lucha and to keep going pa’lante; knowing, as she did, that God will take care of the details and will see us through (even if GOD has to drag us by the veil, guayabera, or sombrero). Mary’s yes reminds us to think outside the box of what is possible. A young poor Jewish girl from a forgotten town was asked to do the incredible; we who are from the barrios are also called to do the incredible, to be GOD-bearers to the world. Often we talk about Mary as being better because she was the mother of Jesus. On the holy path of locos y apasionados who love beyond the norm there is no better and there is no worse. Like la Mambisa, we are all called to be faithful to God’s evolving plan and to live out the change that God wants for the world. We need to remind those we minister to that nothing is impossible for God. If Mary could do it, we can do it too! Despite our marginalization in this country and the barriers we face, we must move pa’lante as she did not letting society and its imposed limitations stop us.
We are to bare the sacred in our every day life as she did. On the journey we will make mistakes and take chances but we are always moving pa’lante reveling and revealing GOD in our day-to-day lucha of radical discipleship and discpling radically. ¡Que asi sea!
feature image is by artist Yolanda Lopez