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The Man in the Moon is Our Lady – sorry Mame!

2012 November 21
by Gordon Reid

I never see the moon without kissing my hand to it and saying the Hail Mary, behaviour that would certainly have shocked the Hebrew prophets.

But there is no danger that I would think the moon is the Mother of God; it is just that it is the perfect metaphor for the light she shines on the sometimes dark night of this world. And that light is the Light of Christ, not her own, just as the moon has no light of its own, but simply reflects the light of the sun.

It is Jesus who is the Light of the World, not Mary. Yet she faithfully reflects his light in her ¬†Motherhood of the Church, his body. And Jesus said of every disciple “Ye are the light of the world” though he had also claimed :”I am the light of the world”. So we too can be candles in dark corners, small fires heating the cold and outcast. But it is not our light that ¬†does this: we are just the moons reflecting the light of Christ the Sun and the Son – what a happy coincidence that the words are so close in English.

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  1. November 21, 2012

    Dear Father … I loved your analogy of the moon and the Holy Theotokos … so very true! thank you for sharing!

  2. Davis permalink
    November 21, 2012

    A fine piece, Father – thank you!

  3. Fr Steve Rice permalink
    November 29, 2012

    I think I shall start doing the same!

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