Wednesday, October 27, 2010
[MaryVitamin] Marianize the Gospel
Topic: Third Luminous Mystery -- Proclamation of the Kingdom
"The Kingdom of God is at hand."
Concerning the parables of the Kingdom, the Lord taught, "The Kingdom of God is at hand." The kingdom of God is so close to us that we can reach out and touch it. This was most true for the Blessed Virgin Mary, who literally held the Kingdom of God in her hands.
When she heard these words preached, did she recall the early years with Jesus, when she held Him in her hands? Did she remember and renew her sacrifice of the Lord by recalling the day she handed the Lord over into the arms of Simeon? Did these words make her recall the loving embraces showered upon Jesus by her (now deceased) husband, St. Joseph? Did they cause her to think of the Savior's death, when His hands would be bound to the Cross in expiation for the sins of the world?
The mysteries of Light help us to see Our Lady in the public life of the Lord; they Marianize the Gospel -- especially the mystery of the Proclamation of the Kingdom. In this mystery, one can review each of the parables of the Kingdom and the parables in general and reflect on them from Mary's position. How did the sinless Virgin, who knew the mannerisms and speech habits of the Lord better than anyone, who understood salvation history, how did she interpret the parables? What spiritual fruit was produced in her soul?
Today I will remember that "The Kingdom of God is at hand" and the reaction those words had on Our Lady when she heard them preached.
"[T]he place of the Blessed Virgin, privileged creature of exceptional perfection of soul, was not in the hubbub of apostolic life, among vulgar people craving miracles and sensations, but in being Jesus' cooperatrix assiduous in prayer, hidden, living humbly, industriously and simply."
P. Pietrafesa, C.SS.R.,
La Madonna nella Rivelazione (Naples, 1970) as quoted in
Father Stefano Manelli, FI, All Generations Shall Call Me Blessed, (Academy of the Immaculate: 1989), 312.
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.