4. Jesus Ransomed.
Lastly, consider that the final part of the ceremony was the ransom. Jesus is ransomed by His Mother, not just for Herself, that She may just rejoice in Her Son, but in order to rear Him and bring Him up as our servant and slave, in as much as one day His life will have to be surrendered for us. There is no moment, therefore, on Our Lady's life at which we can find any trace of selfishness in Her actions or in those of Her divine Son. It is all pure and disinterested love with no selfish aims but just with a view to the welfare of others.
Well did She know that all the travails inherent to the rearing of the Divine Child were not for Her benefit but just for us. Yet She is always ready to work in order to give us that great treasure, Her Son. How grateful should we feel towards Jesus and Mary! How much our ever present selfishness has to learn! Always seek God and the welfare of your neighbor, never seek yourself. This is your ideal.
[Excerpted from 'MARIAN MEDITATIONS' Book by Rev. Dr. Ildefonso R. Villar, Salesian Philippine Province, Nihil Obstat; Imprimatur]