Letting Mary Lead Us to Jesus
Praise to you, Lord! May your spirit guide and inspire us. May He enkindle us with your love.
Praise to you, Lord! Be our strength and our assistance every minute of the day.
Lord, teach us to get to know you better and to make you better known to those around us so that we may better serve you by being useful to our neighbor.
Praise to you, Lord, for the work of our hands and that of our intellect. Glorify the work of the laborer, of the mother of a family, of the servant, the priest, the religious, of the humble employee and the head of a business.
Reveal yourself to all those who are searching for you, so they may meet you and glorify you for ever. Amen.
Every time we meet someone, every time we are present for someone, we are enriched. Today, Mary comes to teach us to accept to be loved by God. We will take a few minutes to consider this mystery of the love of God for humanity, praying to the Lord together, asking Him to touch our hearts so that, after the example of the Virgin Mary, we may accept that He burst into our lives.
Jesus Christ is not an ideal, His Gospel is not strictly a doctrine. He is in His person a gift from the Father, the Gift of God. To know Jesus Christ is to welcome the Gift of God in one’s life
Jesus Christ is the great Gift of the Father’s generosity. He is the revelation of His tenderness, His glory, He through whom God told us everything about Himself, and it is through Him alone that we can talk to God.
Mary was able to accept this Gift of God and her heart exulted with joy. O Mary, blessed are you to have believed in Love. Grant that, like you, under the action of the Spirit, we may recognize the wonders worked by the Lord and always keep going forward, in order to know Jesus Christ better and serve Him in all docility.
We must understand once and for all what it means to believe in Jesus Christ. He is the ALL of our life: the foundation, the cornerstone, the significance, the beauty, the perfection, the holiness, the fidelity. He is our CENTER, our UNIQUE GRACE in which are found all the graces of reconciliation with ourselves, with others, with life and with God.
Mary believed in Jesus Christ. She gave Him to the world, and she was the extension of her Son in the primitive Church, guarding the faith of the Apostles and teaching them to give praise.
O Mary, blessed are you for having believed in Love. Grant that, like you, under the action of the Holy Spirit, we may recognize the wonders worked by the Lord and always keep going forward, in order to know Jesus better and serve Him in all docility.
What is important is not that I worry over knowing in detail how I will be able to love God to the end of my days, without ever straying from Him.
What is important is to want to love Him today as I did yesterday, and letting Him look after the days to come. To nourish our courage, God does not, in fact, give us in one single day, all the bread required for our entire life. He gives what is needed for today and keeps for each one the bread required for tomorrow. The seven loaves for the week are there in His hand, seven times daily and seven times my support.
What is important is that I stand before Him every morning and offer Him my good will to walk that part of the road that is mine, as He wills. What is important is that I stand before Him every morning to receive, from His hand, my share of support.
In my quest for God, what is important is not that I worry over the details of my itinerary. I will often have to go forward along confusing paths. The divine plans will not always be my plans. How, then, can I mark out my route when God alone knows its path.
I think of the Virgin. As a little girl, she had chosen to dedicate her life to prayer. And when, in accordance with Tradition, she left for the Temple, it was most certainly to find there her divine Spouse and to live alone with Him. Yes, her plans were successful, but beyond and differently than what she thought, for she had resolved to withdraw from the world in order to go and live in His house, whereas He had resolved to bring her back into the world, to then go and live in her house. That is why we find them still together today. She is the Spouse, she is always a Virgin, but she is also a Mother.
We must submit our life to the transforming force of the Gospel. Let each one of us question himself, pray, try to discover how to live the Gospel to the full, in accordance with the option chosen. May the granite of our hearts be shattered. May the explosive force of the Gospel message, of the sermon on the mount, blow up “all our good little reasons” that serve only as a barricade, preventing us from giving ourselves over fully to the Lord’s action. “Go, sell all you have, leave everything behind, take up your cross and follow me…” Yes, we must pray to obtain the grace that the Lord Himself will come to our aid.
Mary let herself be overshadowed by the Most High and her heart exulted with joy. O Mary, blessed are you for having believed in Love. Grant that, like you, under the action of the Holy Spirit, we may recognize the wonders worked by the Lord and always keep going forward, in order to know Jesus better and serve Him in all docility.
When we possess fully the spirit of Jesus Christ, we no longer ask ourselves if we should share the two garments we own. In the very depths of our conscience, we are impelled to choose between God and immediate satisfaction. We see things we did not see before. The heart has begun beating again, praying, hoping. We cannot return to ourselves without having the impression of denying the very happiness of existence, for we have realized that happiness is the gratuitousness of love, a quiet love, as surprising as the presence of a sure and perfect friend from whom nothing can separate us.
Praise to you, Lord. Amen.