We celebrate Mary's willingness to be the mother of Christ, and we set out nativity scenes of that time, far away and long ago, when Mary laid her son in a manger. But we are invited to something more immediate, and more challenging! Meister Eckhart, a Christian mystic of the 13th century, proclaims:
We are all meant to be mothers of God.
What good is it to me if this eternal birth of the divine Son takes place unceasingly, but does not take place within myself?
And, what good is it to me if Mary is full of grace if I am not also full of grace?
What good is it to me for the Creator to give birth to his Son if I do not also give birth to him in my time and my culture?
This, then, is the fullness of time: When the Son of Man is begotten in us.
What would it mean in your life, here and now, for you to give birth to Christ in our world?