Pregnant with God

    One of the Early Church Fathers speaks of the Word of God, Scripture, coming into you, and of our responsibility to let that Word become alive in us.  This celibate man says that all true Christians are pregnant with the Word of God.
     As Mary and I prayed in Mass this morning with the Carmelite monks, I was so overtaken by my recollection of this image.  These Fathers have a beautiful lifestyle of quiet and contemplation, making it possible in the silence of their hearts for the Word to take root in them.  And then it occurred to me, in our own way, mothers have a lifestyle that lends itself to such reception as well.
     Mary the Mother of God is such a living representation of this Early Church Father’s idea: she was truly pregnant with the Word.
     May we all seek after such pregnancy!