On Day 23 of our “Christmas Goodies”, we shall reflect on “Blessed Mother Mary”
WHAT IT IS?
>> Mary was chosen by God to be the Mother of Jesus, the Son of God.
>> She said “Yes” to the plan of God and bowed Her head, in obedience to the Will of God (Lk 1: 38)
WHAT ELEMENTS CAN WE LEARN FROM THIS CHRISTMAS GOODIE – “BLESSED MOTHER MARY”?
1. Mother Mary teaches the supreme goodness of obedience
>> Heaven had chosen a simple girl, Mary to be the Mother of Jesus, the Saviour.
>> When Angel Gabriel was sent to seek Her consent, Mary, after the initial moments of fear, bowed Herself in obedience: “Behold, I am the Handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to Me, according to Your Word” (Lk 1: 38)
>> This obedience to God’s Will would turn out to be Her fortress and strength – in moments of uncertainty, loneliness, dread and agony.
2. “Faithfulness, thy true Daughter is Mary!”
>> One of the most outstanding qualities to be admired and imitated from our Blessed Mother is “to be faithful”
>> In Mother Mary, we have a person, who remained faithful at all times…
… even when there were dark clouds of unwarranted humiliation looming over her
… even when unforeseen difficulties encountered Her during the birth of Jesus
… even when she encountered many situations which were not understood by Her
… even when life surrounded her with agonising moments and heart-breaking instances
>> The “Fiat” at the Annunciation would be lived all through Her life
>> This act of being “faithful forever” was a result of the constant choices that She made to listen and obey to God’s Will always.
3. Mary was ready to be moulded and shaped by God
>> When Mary was entrusted with the greatness of the task, She gave Herself readily to the power of God
>> She didn’t hold back anything; She was complete in Her surrender
>> When we offer ourselves wholly and be ready to be moulded and shaped by the Lord, He can perform wonders through us.
4. Mary held on to Jesus as the Greatest Treasure of Her life
>> The greatness and the eminence of Mother Mary came as result of Her single-minded focus and love: Everything for Jesus and in Jesus.
>> When in womb, Her sole attention was on Jesus; while in the manger, Her whole care was for Jesus; while in His ministry, Her thoughts were centred on Him; while on the Cross, Her entire self rested on Him
>> When Jesus becomes the Treasure of our life, our lives gets enshrined in Grace and Holiness
5. Mary is the New Ark of the Covenant, bearing Jesus.
>> The Scriptures easily point to the fact that Mother Mary is the New Ark of the Covenant
•The ark in the OT travelled to the land of Judah and remained for 3 months (2 Sam: 6:1-11); The Ark in the NT, Mary travels to Judah, to meet Her cousin Elizabeth and remained for 3 months (Lk 1:39, 56)
•David danced and leaped, and shouted before the ark in the OT (2 Sam 6:14); In the NT, John, the babe, leaped and Elizabeth exclaimed with a loud cry before Mary (Lk 1: 41, 43)
•Inside the ark of the Old Covenant was the manna – the miraculous bread from heaven, the staff of Aaron, the Priest and the tablets of the covenant (Heb 9:4); The NT Ark, Mother Mary had within Her Jesus, the Bread of Life, Jesus, the Eternal Priest and Jesus, the Law-giving Word!
>> As the New Ark of the Covenant, Mother Mary deserves our highest veneration and honour, which will lead us to a greater closeness and intimacy with the One, She derives all Her praise – Jesus, Her Son and our Brother!
WHAT RESOLUTIONS CAN I PRACTISE TODAY?
>> Today I will seek to grow in the virtue of Obedience and seek to make choices, at every moment, to do God’s Will
>> Today I will be open to be shaped by the Lord, having Him as the greatest treasure of my life and holding onto Mother Mary’s Hands in order to grow deeper in Christ
Lord, like Mamma Mary, may I always treasure Your Word in my heart, and bear fruit in abundance by totally trusting in Your Providence and Care for me, Amen!
Maranatha – Come Lord Jesus!
We welcome You into our hearts. God bless!