Pope Benedict XVI viewed a screening of a film on the life of the Mother of God Wednesday
evening at the Vatican. Following the screening, the Holy Father thanked the producers
of the film – an international collaborative effort titled, Mary of Nazareth.
In his remarks, Pope Benedict pointed out that “it is not easy to characterize
the figure of any mother, because the riches of the maternal life are difficult to
describe, but this is even more challenging when it comes to the Mary of Nazareth,
who is the mother of Jesus, the Son of God made man.”
The film touches on the
lives of three women of the New Testament: Herodias, the wife of Herod Antipas, Mary
Magdalene, and the protagonist of the film, Mary, the Mother of Jesus.
is a mother who desired to keep her Son with her, but she knows he is God,” said the
Pope. “Her faith and love are so great, she accepts her part in His mission. Mary
is saying ‘Here I am, Lord’ from the Annunciation to the Cross.”
The Pope said
this ‘Here I am, Lord!’ is a paradigm for how to order our lives.
Nazareth is the woman of 'Here I am’, giving herself completely over to the Divine
Will,” the Holy Father said. “In this ‘yes’, which is repeated even as she suffers
the loss of her Son, she finds an overwhelming and profound happiness.”