Today’s Gospel story of the Annunciation when Angel Gabriel tells Mary she would be the mother of Jesus reminds me of Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle’s talk to East Asia bishops, clergy, religious and laity gathered for the Institute on Lay Apostolate on Women II organized four years ago by the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC).
Our priest’s homily today focused on the important virtues of purity and obedience. In Cardinal Tagle’s reflection titled “Mary Truly a Woman of Our Times,” he reviews Biblical stories of Mary that show Mary’s courage and many other virtues that underscore her relevance to women and men today.
Cardinal Tagle’s theological reflections touch on:
1. Mary as a youthful disciple
2. Mary as a traveling woman
3. Mary as pregnant woman
4. Mary as oppressed and refugee woman
5. Mary as married woman
6. Mary as woman of celebration
7. Mary as the victim mother
8. Mary as prayerful community disciple waiting for the Holy Spirit
Cardinal Tagle’s talk on Mary, Truly a Woman of Our Time is published as FABC Papers no. 134