MARY, OUR MOTHER

Saturday, March 03, 2007



THE PURIFICATION OF OUR LADY

3. Her Obedience.
She was not bound by that law, and well She knew it. Her conception and the miraculous birth of Jesus was the work of the Holy Spirit. She had been greeted "Blessed among women," on account of the wonders wrought in Her by the virtue of the Almighty, acclaimed the one who would be called blessed by all generations to come. And yet, inspite of all Her greatness She does not exempt Herself from the Law. When it is a question of obeying She wants no privilege. And just like an ordinary woman, as though nothing extraordinary had happened in Her, She willingly submits to the common law. Consequently after 40 days She starts on Her journey to Jerusalem thus being, as Her Son, a model of obedience.
How this example should confound us. What a difference between Her obedience and our own! How often without sufficient reason we consider ourselves exempt from obeying even in cases when obedience does not demand from us humiliations and sacrifices, which in any case are never greater than those of Our Lady on this occasion. Our Lady's obedience was heroic since the sacrifice entailed by it was as we are going to see highly humiliating.
[Excerpted from 'MARIAN MEDITATIONS' Book by Rev. Dr. Ildefonso R. Villar, Salesian Philippine Province, Nihil Obstat; Imprimatur]