How Mary and Joseph thrilled when Jesus may have said his first word, “Mama,” or in Hebrew, “Amma.” A year and more ago Mary had consented to be the mother of the Messiah. “Be it done unto me according to your word,” Mary said. And every day after that, God was “done unto her,” and Mary allowed God to do unto her. And now at Jesus’ first word, Mary experienced in a new, thrilling way her motherhood. The Word who became flesh gave “flesh” to her motherhood, as “Mom” became her new name.
In union with Jesus, let us say the name “Mom” throughout the day, asking Mary to intercede for us that we can freely let God “do unto us.” (Idea for this blog from Richard Rohr, The Naked Now, p. 18)