O Shining Light to our world,
Son resplendent in the Morning Star,
named after her was Francis in a later day
his way still shining from afar.
So, to be the Mother of Jesus! What an incredible honor and joy. Yet how humble she was as was her Son to be. She could not know what her Son was to be in His life except the Messiah. She could not have known His nature. What kind of man He would be. The belief of the times was that the Messiah would be a great warrior and would free Israel as in the days of old. One greater than David or Samson. How far this was from the truth! How much greater still was His history to be!
The Son would be resplendent in Mary. He would have her virtues, her perpetual virginity, her purity, her love of poverty and simplicity. Like a true son He would take lessons from her. He would go one step further in each area. It was already one step further to be a man and be a virgin. That was not supported by the culture. He would go one step further in poverty, for the “Son of Man would have no where to lay his head?? (Matt 8:20) , though his mother had a house. And he would go one step further in suffering, he would die. Mothers teach their sons a lot. They hope they will go one step further and be a better person even than themselves. Such it was with Mary and Jesus.
His true character was captured by Isaiah the prophet, which Our Lady must have known well.
“Here is my servant whom I have chosen,
my loved one in whom I delight.
I will endow him with my spirit
and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
He will not contend or cry out,
nor will his voice be heard in the streets.
The bruised reed he will not quench
until judgment is made victorious.
In his name, the Gentiles will find hope.??
(Is. 42: 1-4)
Oh, Jesus, our Jesus, how we love thee!
And St. Francis rose like a morning star twelve centuries later. A new light to the world like our Lady and her child. St. Bonaventure, in his lives of St. Francis, records him as a “morning star?? to the Church in his day. Even as this is written it has been nearly eight centuries since St. Francis walked the earth. Yet today, along with and enhancing the Gospel, St. Francis is an example of holiness to all. A “morning star??.