Mother Mary

By the time this newsletter is published, I’ll be just finishing the first trimester of pregnancy with our third child. And what a first trimester it has been! Even though pregnancy has never been exactly pleasant, this one has thrown me for a loop to the tune of trying every nausea remedy I could get my hands on and needing to take sick days when I just couldn’t finish

another week at work. I know in the end it’ll all be worth it and “blah, blah, blah,” but when you’re going through it, it’s really hard to see the bigger picture.

As we prepare for the Christmas season, I can’t help but think about our main mom, Mary. No doubt she was going through the same types of first trimester troubles, but with the added terror of being an un-wed, vulnerable young women, apparently chosen to carry God’s son, which I’m sure everyone around her totally believed and supported (can you sense the sarcasm?). Whereas I had lists of options for relief from my doctor, WebMD and the expectant mothers section at Whole Foods, and support from my family, friends, colleagues and Baby Center app community of other moms going through the same thing, Mary was likely doing all of this solo, probably trying to hide her “first trimester nasties,” confusion and fear of being found out and abandoned altogether.

But, she did it! Mary saw the bigger picture through her eyes of faith and got through what was sure to have been a highly unpleasant pregnancy all around (may I say that they don’t typically allow extensive travel in the third trimester these days for a reason?), and she gave birth to her sweet baby, Jesus. Obviously, I know that Jesus is the reason for the season, but can we all agree that Mary deserves some serious credit here? In my Catholic faith tradition, Mary is venerated. You can’t go to a wedding, funeral or any other significant mass without hearing the Ave Maria sung (the “Hail Mary”). And I love this quote from Mother Teresa of Calcutta: “No Mary, no Jesus.” Mary is simply “one tough cookie,” as my grandma would say.

This holiday season, I encourage you to take some time to think about the strong and faithful woman who survived and sacrificed much to bring Christ, our savior, into this world: our blessed Mother Mary.

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