God’s temple in heaven was opened,
and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple.
A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun,
with the moon under her feet,
and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.
Then another sign appeared in the sky;
it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns,
and on its heads were seven diadems.
Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky
and hurled them down to the earth.
Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth,
to devour her child when she gave birth.
She gave birth to a son, a male child,
destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod.
Her child was caught up to God and his throne.
The woman herself fled into the desert
where she had a place prepared by God.
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have salvation and power come,
and the Kingdom of our God
and the authority of his Anointed One.”
Raneiro Cantalamessa in his book ‘Mary Mirror of the Church’ writes, “Mary was invited by the angel to rejoice because of grace and not to fear because of the same grace. We, too, are invited to do the same. If Mary is a figure of the Church, then this invitation is addressed to each believer: ‘Rejoice, full of grace!’ and then’ “Do not be afraid, for you have found grace with God!'”
Mary is clothed with the sun. The sun is an image of grace. Mary proclaims that all is grace. Mary does not point to herself. She point to Jesus. Mary says, “My spirit rejoice in God my savior.” Mary proclaims that everything she has is because of Jesus.
Thought for the day: May we like Mary proclaim that any good that we do or have is because of grace.