Perhaps one of the more unusual images of Mary, St. Vincent described Mary as the Spouse of the Spirit. I think about my own spouse and how we understand our marriage as a loving, faithful partnership. Seeing Mary as the loving partner of the Holy Spirit with a shared mission is an interesting and compelling concept. As “Spouse of the Spirit,” Mary takes on God’s mission as her very own, committing her life to it with full and complete participation.
How do we respond to the invitation from God to partner in the Divine mission? Often, it seems like enough to try to serve God because we love God and want to do the right thing. However, does that still keep God’s purpose at arm’s length from our own? Do we see our own life mission as different than God’s greater mission? How much “buy in” do we feel to help God accomplish the Divine mission?
How might our faith and our lives be different if we saw God as our committed, covenanted, loving partner?