“The whole world was made radiant”: A reflection on an ancient antiphon from today’s Lauds

mary2The second antiphon of this morning’s Lauds reads: “When the most holy Virgin was born, the whole world was made radiant; blessed is the branch and blessed is the stem which bore such holy fruit.”  Beautiful!  Mary made the entire world radiant when she was born 2000 some years ago. Everything was made beautiful, clean, pure, glorious. What a sight it must have been!

Good thing for us we can see it.  When we make room in our hearts and lives for Mary as Joseph did (who was not afraid to take her into his home), she will purify and sanctify and cleanse and glorify our lives, our relationships, our everything.  The more we let her in, the more radiant every part of our lives will be, the more beautiful….such that we might even become “holy fruit” ourselves–that is, we might just become a holy part of that family tree listed in the Gospel. What a beautiful thing.