December 12, 2012: I Wonder

~ by Mary Galvano

I wonder as I wander, as the song goes, through these days of mystery and miracles surrounding Advent and Christmas. Advent like lent is a time of cleaning your house but, it is different because it is also a time of great joy, a special guest is coming-and it is not Santa Claus.

The three feast days that are in the New Year: Mary, the Mother of God, Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord are to me the most amazing reminders of why our Lord came down to Earth and how a simple “yes” from Mary allowed God’s plans for the salvation of humankind to happen.

The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God (in the Second Person) is one of the most significant titles given to Mary. It was also important in clarifying the Church’s belief that Jesus did not simply “become” God; he was Divine from his conception. This feast of Mary is a further clarification of the meaning of Christmas.

Mary’s giving birth to Jesus wasn’t the end of her role with the child of God. She along with Joseph raised and provided for the child Jesus with a home. The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph are the greatest example of what family means and what it means to truly give of oneself selflessly. Mary and Joseph showed God their love for Him by graciously taking care of the greatest gift the world has ever known, Jesus the Christ.

We can show God we love Him, too, by simply helping someone else in need. That is the least we can do. For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that those who believe in him may not perish, but may have life everlasting.

Epiphany reminds us of that and is a further reflection of the meaning of Christmas: Christ is the light and the savior of the whole world. He came from the Jews and fulfilled Israel’s hopes for salvation from God. And His salvation is not limited-it is for everyone!


Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

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