Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Mary TV Daily Reflection 7/8/2014

(c)Mary TV 2014   

July 8, 2014
Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear children, I, the mother of all of you gathered here and the mother of the entire world, am blessing you with a motherly blessing and call you to set out on the way of humility. That way leads to the coming to know the love of my Son. My Son is almighty, He is in everything. If you, my children, do not become cognizant of this, then darkness/blindness rule in your soul. Only humility can heal you. My children, I always lived humbly, courageously and in hope. I knew, I became cognizant that God is in us and we are in God. I am asking the same of you. I desire for all of you to be with me in eternity, because you are a part of me. I will help you on your way. My love will envelop you like a mantle and make of you apostles of my light - of God's light. With the love that comes forth from humility you will bring light to where darkness/blindness rule. You will be bringing my Son who is the light of the world. I am always alongside your shepherds and I pray that they may always be an example of humility for you. Thank you." (July 2, 2014)

"My children, I always lived humbly, courageously and in hope."

I love it when Our Lady gives us a little glimpse into her life in her messages. She tells us so much with so few words! What is she telling us in this little sentence? First, she addresses us as her children. She is our Mother. We are her children. Doesn't this comfort us? We are her very own children. Mother Mary knows us as only a mother can. She knows us from start to finish. She knows what we were like as babies, and toddlers. She understands our inclinations and innate gifts, whether we are good at math or spelling or sports or reading. She knows our personalities, what we enjoy, what we like to work at, what suits us. Like a true mother, she sees into our hearts and knows what we desire, if we are lonely or sad or frustrated, empty, full, excited, hopeful. She knows it all. We are each her child.

Second, she tells us something about herself, about her life. Like a mother sitting with her child, telling stories about her own childhood, Our Lady tells us about her history, the way she lived. This is how mothers teach their children about themselves, they tell them stories and tidbits about their life.   

Our Lady tells us that she always lived humbly, courageously and in hope. The word "always" really stands out. She did not waver as we do. Her faith did not falter in difficulties.  Her attitude stayed steadfastly on the truth, that God was with her and she could  trust Him.  This kind of steadfastness is something to ponder.  Wouldn't life be different if we were all steadfast in the Lord! 

She was always humble. No matter the situation, she did not lose her perspective. She always knew she was a creature, beloved by God, but only a creature, so she was always humble.

She was always courageous. Because she was humble, Our Lady knew that God was God and that He was with her, and so she had courage. This was the confident courage of a child who is well loved and protected. This is the courage that comes from a heart full of love.

And she always had hope. Our Lady had hope from her earliest childhood. She believed that God would send the Messiah, and her faith led to great hope. That hope was made manifest at the Incarnation, and continued to grow throughout the years of Jesus' life, through the hours of His Passion, and in the glory of His Resurrection. Our Lady's hope did not fail.

We would learn so much if we took this one sentence into our prayer, and applied it to each mystery of the Rosary, or to each thing we know about Our Lady's life. We could ask in prayer just how did Our Lady live humbly at the Annunciation? How did she have courage when the angel came to her? How did she demonstrate hope at the moment she was asked to be the Mother of Jesus? We could let her teach us how those three virtues helped her to say "yes" to the Father.

Or we could apply this sentence to the Wedding at Cana. Let the scripture speak to us about these virtues of Our Lady. She was humble, so humble. She approached Jesus with trust that He would help the Bride and Groom, but she did not presume. She asked with meekness and trust. She had courage, when Jesus answered her request a bit oddly, she did not react, but turned to the servants and gave them orders to do whatever Jesus told them. This was courageous! And she had hope. She had the hope that it was Jesus' time, that His ministry was going to begin and the Kingdom would be announced!

Our Lady has given us a wonderful window into her personality, into her spiritual disposition which is so holy! We can learn by peering into this window, prayerfully and attentively. She wants us to know her. She wants us to really "get" her. We have only to take the little glimpses she gives us and let them open up to us the vast and incredible world of her love.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2014
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