A little boy was on stage, reciting a poem, as part of the Sunday School (catechism) competition.
However, mid-way, he forgot the lines of the poem.
His mother was, seated in the front row, to prompt him.
>> She gestured and formed the words silently with her lips, but it did not help.
Her son’s memory was blank.
>> Finally, she leaned forward and whispered the cue, “I am the light of the world.”
The child beamed and with great feeling and a loud clear voice said: “My mother is the light of the world!”
For the child, the mother was the shining light!
>> Godly mothers are indeed, the reflection of God, to their children
Mothers (of course, Fathers are not excluded!) are indeed very special!
Today we celebrate the Heart of a Blessed Mother… the Immaculate Heart of Mary
… the Mother of the Most Perfect Child in the world
… the Mother, Who herself was Immaculate and Stainless!
The Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, follows immediately after the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Love seeks unity…
… and Jesus and Mary – Son and Mother – were deeply united in love!
>> The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary…
… in their lives, they were One
… in their sorrow, they were One
… and in their love, they were One!
In celebrating the Immaculate (a word which means “unstained) Heart of Mother Mary, we focus our meditation on Her Single-heartedness.
In Mt 6:24, we read, “No one can serve two masters!”.
Sin divides our heart…we no longer remain immaculate….
>> But Mamma Mary, remained focused all through Her life, in doing God’s Will…and remained Immaculate!
The Fiat that she pronounced was lived all through Her life…from the womb to the tomb.
In today’s Gospel reading (Lk 2: 41-51), we read that, “Mary kept all these things in her heart…” ( Lk 2: 51)
When we ponder over the life of our Blessed Mother, we realize, that there were many events and occasions, which our Blessed Mother was probably unable to grasp and understand…
>> The Angel’s dramatic visit
>> The invitation to be the Mother of God
>> The coming of the Three Kings
>> The travel to Egypt on the cold night of the delivery
>> The visit of the Shepherds
>> The prophecy of Simeon
>> The loss of Her Beloved Child at the age of twelve in the Temple
>> The public ministry of Jesus
>> The horrific crucifixion and death of Her tender Child!
Most of these events were probably minimally understood by our Blessed Mother…
… And yet, at every moment, a word pressed upon her precious lips… always:
“Fiat Lord! – Let Thy Will be done, Lord!”
As the Letter to the Hebrews says, “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen” (Heb 11: 1)
>> Mother Mary, by Her immense trust and acceptance to God’s Will…
… even when things were not understood fully…
… even when events would generate confusion, doubts and uncertainty…
.. Is the Mother of Faith!
We go through the chores and grinds of daily life…
… and innumerable events and occasions stare at our face.
>> Some are joyful…
… but many are also painful and soul-crushing.
The Immaculate Heart of Mary today invites us to have our minds and hearts, focused on God… “The One who has called you, is faithful”! (1 Thess 5:24)
Like our Immaculate Mother, let us also seek to proclaim:
“Fiat Lord- Let Thy will be done, Lord”…
…. in all moments and situations of our lives!
The last recorded words of Mamma Mary in the Bible are..”Do whatever He tells You!” (Jn 2: 5)
>> Our loving Mother, she teaches us the Gospel of God in these 5 words…
Let us give heed to Her… just as she pondered His Word and lived a Perfect Christian Life
>> Let us also strive to be Immaculate and Holy.
She is the Immaculate Light Who will lead us to greater illumination of Jesus, the Great Light!
>> Let’s obey Her words, “DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU!”
A Blessed Feast of the Beautifully Immaculate Heart of our Precious Mamma, united to the Sacred Heart of Her Divine Child….
… and to all of us, Her Little Children and Followers of Her Son!
God Bless! Live Jesus!
– Fr Jijo Manjackal msfs