Treading On Holy Ground- Part 4
Learning from the journey.
By Coptic Voice
An image familiar to us Copts. St. Mary’s apparition in Zeitoun, Egypt. May she continue to intercede for the Egyptian people during these rough times.
think it is clear that St. Mary lived a pure life of service, as I mentioned before, serving as a child in the temple, then serving the Lord by agreeing to bear Christ, then serving St. Elizabeth, then serving Christ throughout His childhood including a long journey to Egypt that would last 3 yrs. But the greatest insight to the inner mind of St. Mary comes from John 2:5, where it says, ”His mother sad unto the servants ’Whatsoever He says unto you, do it.’” This is how she saw service. If God says to do something, you do it, plain and simple. We ought to learn from St. Mary’s life of service and commit to serving the Lord.
St. Mary was connected to God 24/7. She led a life of prayer, from her childhood in the temple, to the connection with the incarnation, to the raising of Christ and being around Him 24/7 until the day of Pentecost, the assumption of her body to Heaven and even now. We need to learn from St. Mary about her relationship with Christ, a relationship that is continual and unconditional. She fulfills the Scripture according to St. Paul that tells us to “pray without ceasing.”
In looking at all of these attributes of St. Mary’s life, I think we can clearly see why we revere her so much. I think we can also start to understand why God chose her to be the Theotokos….I think we can understand that the life of holiness that she led from childhood right up until the end which included submission, purity, humility, suffering, endurance, silence, service, prayer and perfection, would lead to nothing less than unity with God. God saw in St. Mary what He wants to see in all of us. May we learn from our beloved mother St. Mary on how to live the life of holiness.
Glory be to God forever.