“Seeking the intercession of the Blessed Mother in our struggles and hardships of life – with the Sacramental of the Scapular as a sign to publicly declare our Love for Christ – let us respond to the invitation of the Lord, and readily ‘take up the Cross!’”
(Based on Is 26:7-9,12,16-19 and Mt 11:28-30 – Thursday of the 15th Week of Ordinary Time – Feast of our Lady of Mount Carmel)
Many of us would have come across the acronym “RSVP” in Invitations for marriage, baptism, birthdays, wedding anniversaries or some other social events.
RSVP stands for Repondez S’il Vous Plait ( in French) which is translated as “Reply, If you please!”
The purpose of this RSVP is that the person sending the invitation, would like you to tell him or her, whether you accept or decline the invitation.
Today, Jesus, the King of all Hearts, presents a thrilling and a pleasant invitation… “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden…” (Mt 11:28)
Every invitation is to contain “By Whom”, “To Whom”, “What” and a “When”!
Let’s analyze these aspects in the Invitation of the Lord
- BY WHOM is the invitation?
Jesus came into the world, primarily as a Saviour!
He’s in deep love with us!
“…You are precious in my eyes and I love You!” (Is 43:4).
As a Beloved Lover, it is He who tugs at the strings of our hearts & beckons us to Himself.
- TO WHOM is the invitation?
He extends His cordial and warmest invitation to each one of us who is weary and heavy-burdened….personally!
The Greek word for Weary is “Kopiao”…which means to toil & become weary to the point of exhaustion!
Weary could refer to the internal exhaustion caused by seeking Divine Truth through mere Human Wisdom.
Heavy Laden could be the external burdens caused by futile peripheral efforts & works to seek the Divinity.
Many of us certainly, reach the point of exhaustion and fatigue in our everyday works and life and in our search for salvation.
Yes, You and I, each one of us, is today, an honoured and a privileged Invitee!
“Behold, I stand at the door and Knock!” (Rev 3:20).
- WHAT is the invitation?
To rest in His Sacred Heart and to Learn from Him Gentleness and Humility.
A haughty heart robs the person of spiritual insights…
Pride renders a person to look only to oneself; the gaze on the Lord is considered meaningless.
This is where the Pharisaic Mentality went wrong. They saw legalism as the vehicle to heaven. They lost sight of God’s desire for the heart.
They glorified the Law of Moses, but failed to see the Glorious God of the Law!
The Kingdom belongs to the Gentle and Humble…and that’s what Jesus invites us to learn!
- WHEN is the invitation?
“Why delay good things in life?”
The Yoke of the Lord is easy.. because it is HE who takes up the burden…
… we are only sharers in His Divine Yoke!
He gives us a yoke which is made to fit our needs and abilities perfectly well!
And the Time is NOW!
With Prophet Isaiah, let us also echo: “My soul yearns for Thee in the night, my spirit within me earnestly seeks Thee.
For when Thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness!” (Is 26:7)
Yes… the Invitation from the Lord is already posted, and our Beloved Master is waiting!
What is our Response….
RSVP…. Repondez S’il Vous Plait?
Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
The feast was assigned to July 16, because on that date in 1251, according to Carmelite traditions, the scapular was given by the Blessed Virgin to St. Simon Stock.
The Scapular (from Latin scapulae, “shoulders”) – is both a sign of our belonging to Mary and pledge of her maternal protection in this life and the next.
It is also a sign of couple of elements:
- A consecration to and trust in Mary
- A declaration to imitate Our Lady’s virtues, especially Her humility, chastity, and prayerfulness.
The scapular is not…
… a magical charm to protect someone.
… a automatic guarantee of salvation.
… an excuse for not living up to the demands of the Christian life
It is instead, a sign…
… to follow Jesus like Mary
… to be open to God and to His Will.
… to be guided by Faith, Hope and Love.
… to pray at all times
… to discover and be aware of the Presence of God in all that happens around us.
As St. John of the Cross says:
“He who loves, is not ashamed before men of what he does for God…
… neither does he hide it through shame, though the whole world should condemn it.”
Let us seek the intercession of our Blessed Mother in our struggles and hardships of life…
… and may the Sacramental of the Scapular be a sign for us to publicly declare our Love for Christ and our Readiness to “take up the Cross!”
May we hold Mamma’s Hands…
… as She Inspires, Helps, Challenges and Intercedes for us!
Happy Feast of our Blessed Mother of Carmel!
God Bless! Live Jesus!
Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “Our Lord established three unions in the sacred Virgin Our Lady…
The first is that of the Divine Nature with the human nature in her sacred womb, which is so elevated a mystery.
The second union which He effected in Our Lady was that of maternity with virginity, a union which is absolutely outside the course of nature, for it unites two things which it is impossible to find together in nature.