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The Rock is Christ, Our Lord.
January 29, 2013
Dear Family of Mary!
"Dear children! Also today I call you to prayer. May your prayer be as strong as a living stone, until with your lives you become witnesses. Witness the beauty of your faith. I am with you and intercede before my Son for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call." (January 25, 2013)
Our Lady's reference to "a living stone" has been resonating! Here is a response from Rick:
Thanks Cathy, Denis, Rosie & Franjo ...Years ago my father and I built a cottage in northern Ontario, Canada where it is very rocky country and we dug down until we hit a large bedrock where we decided to start the footing for our cottage since we knew that the bedrock would serve to anchor our footing. Similarly, and as Our Lady states, we need to anchor our lives in Her Son. So I can really relate to Franjo's explanation of "living stone" and how it relates to Our Lady's recent message. Regards ... Rick B.
Thanks, Rick! It makes such sense to dig deeply, in order to find the most solid footing for a building. This digging down and finding the bedrock reminds me of a scripture:
"Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it." (Matt 7: 24-27)
Jesus spoke these words at the end of his Sermon on the Mount. The "words" He was referring to are His teachings, the Beatitudes, and all the beautiful wisdom He shared in that sermon, i.e. about judging, the commandments, anxiety and worry, and so forth. Jesus poured out the wisdom of His heart from that mountain side. Anyone who would take His words to heart and live them would find their lives firmly based on the Truth and the Way. They would be safe and sound, no matter what storms came against them. (Sadly the opposite is also true, that those who hear but do not live Jesus' words will be washed away.)
When we pray with the heart, we open ourselves to the very same Jesus who spoke from the mountain side. The very same Jesus comes to us and communes with us, pouring out His heart to us, sharing with us His incredible wisdom. We have only to be silent and listen for His voice, and He will teach us. And His teaching will make our spiritual foundation strong. If we are hearing with the ears of our hearts, really opening ourselves to Jesus, we will be those who do the very things Jesus teaches us to do. To hear is to obey!! Truly hearing Jesus with the heart will help us to follow Him. Our spiritual houses will be built on rock!
Our Lady wants our prayer to be strong as "living stone". Our prayer is the basis for our lives. We want it to be strong as well. As we pray the Rosary, attend daily Mass, read the Scriptures, and take time for silent, personal prayer, maybe we can imagine ourselves seated on the hillside with thousands of others, enrapt as Jesus teaches us the wisdom of His Heart. As we sit and drink in His words, we will find our spiritual Rock. Jesus, Himself, will come and be our foundation.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
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