On this Feast of the Nativity of Mary, which is known as the Descent of Holy Sophia in the Johannite Church, I was thinking about all the ideas and actions which surround my spiritual understanding of Our Lady.
The first few words which come to mind are mother, giver of life, but also wisdom, strength, humility, and devotion.Various meanings have been ascribed to the name "Mary", in Hebrew, מִרְיָם or Miryam. These include "bitterness", "rebelliousness", and "wished-for child."
When I think of Mary's birthday within the context of the descent of divine wisdom into the material realm, I can see that she is the wisdom that gave birth to the word, the blessed fruit of her incomprehensible womb. For those who have looked to Mary for help since the days of the primitive Church, she brings both peace and fulfillment.
In the Gospel of John 19:27, before dying, Jesus instructs the Beloved Disciple to "Behold, your mother", entrusting her to St. John's care. In this sense, to be a Johannite is also to be a devoted Marian and a guardian of the wisdom she embodied.
Above the verbal and historical contraptions that will never do her justice, the strength, humility and devotion of Mary shows me that I can be invincible through vulnerability, and approach divinity by being truly human.