Yeia sas – hello friends! Thank you always for returning for your dose of Kiki KEFI. This month, we’ll discuss the Theotokos as a source of KEFI spirit, and a great example to all of us.
KEFI can be experienced in different forms, and it’s discovered as we journey down a variety of avenues, but in today’s scenario our positive energy, delight, fun, exuberance — even happiness — is with our mother.
Let’s put it into perspective.
Traveling this holiday season spurred the need for me to put my life into overdrive with the planning of two major trips. The preparations, on top of day- to-day living, caused me to lose my cool on more than one occasion. It was during one of those that the phone rang and it was a friendly call from my sweet and always KEFI-nated mother. Her words eased my feeling and reminded me of what it means to be a mom. It’s simply the most important job a woman has to do in her lifetime. Thankfully, each living mother across the globe has the perfect role model to learn and grow from; she is the Theotokos — also known as the Mother of Jesus, Mary of Nazareth Israel.
The Theotokos is a beacon of light and a source of strength who is real and helpful to all who embrace her. She is the standard and best example of mothering I could only hope to reach, but certainly I can tug at her dress and be enlightened to attempt her ways.
The Theotokos is patient, loving, kind, wise, humble, quiet, strong, beautiful, good, holy, and a vessel of light, among numerous other things. Whatever she embodies is what can change us for the better in our lives, and the lives we touch every day.
Let’s take a closer look at who our sweet Mother is.
The Theotokos in The Gospel
The Gospel reading of Matins, the one read at all feasts of the Theotokos, the famous Magnificat from St. Luke, in which Mary says:
“My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden, for behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.” Luke 1:47
The epistle reading of the Divine Liturgy is the famous passage about the coming of the Son of God:
“…in the form a servant, being born in the likeness of man” (Philippians 2:5-11)
The gospel reading is that which is always read for feasts of the Theotokos:
“The woman in the crowd glorifies the Mother of Jesus, and the Lord responds that the same blessedness which His mother receives for all who hear the Word of God and keep it.” (Luke 11:27-28)
How hopeful for us.
The Theotokos is an example for all of us
The Theotokos is an example of what a loving and humble mother is, but even more so she is an excellent example of how to glorify her Son whom she bore during this season of Nativity. Her immeasurable value is beyond compare, yet at our fingertips. We, as mothers, and everyone else, can pray to Mary, to pray to her Son on our behalf– that direct link is a blessing.
Draw some KEFI spirit from the greatest person who ever lived – the Theotokos. Christmas is the perfect holiday to begin modeling after the greatest mother of all time; listen more, say less, open your heart, be patient, love unconditionally and by all means, do what’s right for the good of your family, the greatest gift you can give to Mary and her Son.
Kala Christougenna – Merry “KEFI” Christmas!