MARY, OUR MOTHER

Thursday, March 08, 2007



THE PRESENTATION OF THE CHILD

3. Mediation of Mary.
In this mystery you can see stressed the universal mediation of Mary. Jesus had taken human flesh in Mary's bosom. Jesus will be immolated on the Cross in union with Mary. She will stand by the Cross till the end. Now, in this presentation there is something else. Jesus wants to be brought to the sacrifice and offered up by Mary. In other words, it is Our Lady, so to say, who is here the priest, She it is who takes the Holy Host in Her hands for immolation. She is the altar of the sacrifice. Her heart and Her arms are the sacred stone on which the Divine Victim, Her own Son, is being immolated. Is not this cooperation of Mary in the work of redemption something truly magnificent? Must not we be filled with confidence on seeing Her so closely linked to God in the Redemption, the greatest work of God?

Follow Our Lady's footsteps by achieving your immolation within your heart. Root out and destroy whatever is not pleasing to Her, so that nothing inordinate remains in you.


[Excerpted from 'MARIAN MEDITATIONS' Book by Rev. Dr. Ildefonso R. Villar, Salesian Philippine Province, Nihil Obstat; Imprimatur]