Some celebrate today the Immaculate Heart of Mary. If you want to see a bit more about this, check out the Wikipedia article.
What I’m pondering is the purity of Our Lady’s devotion and dedication. I have plenty of things in my own life that I’ve stayed committed to for a long period of time, even decades.
But what about my purity of dedication? I’m not so sure.
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Right in the middle of Lent, we’re given this wonderful gift today!
Nine months before Christmas, the Church celebrates the Annunciation: the day when God sent the Angel Gabriel to Mary:
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Coming to her, he said, Luke 1:28-31
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.”
I firmly believe that we’re here to help each other.
There are many times when it feels like I’m on a lonely journey, it’s about ME finding my holy path and getting to heaven. But Jesus made it clear that it’s not just about loving God, but loving each other.
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Love your enemies and do good to them, Luke 27:37
and lend expecting nothing back;
then your reward will be great
and you will be children of the Most High,
for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Blessed are those who ….
In today’s Gospel, we have the amazing Beatitudes. Some say that these are the most powerful and deep teachings of Christ, even more fundamental than miracles and forgiveness and love.
It’s hard for me to say.
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But by the grace of God I am what I am, 1 Cor 15:10
and his grace to me has not been ineffective.
It’s a challenge to let God work in my life. And I realize that this is a common journey for most everyone. We want to be in control.
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“I’ll pray for you.” “Please pray for us.”
I find this a little curious, because we do this all the time. We’re not saying exactly what we’re praying for, or even what we’re praying about. So it’s easy to say, but perhaps not as focusing as we’d like to think.
That’s why I like to pray for something more specific.
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Today is a new year, and the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. What a perfect way to start afresh!
This very phrase is something to ponder deeply. We don’t believe that Mary existed before God the Father and somehow gave birth to Him. That might be similar to Rhea being the mother of Zeus.
No, we believe that Jesus is God and is with God the Father. Which means that Mary, the mother of Jesus, is mother of God as incarnated in our world.
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So much of our prayers can be summed up in the Holy Family, and we should be honored that God gives our own families as a small image of the Trinity itself.
That’s truly phenomenal.
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What a wonderful time of expectation we have!
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When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,Luke 1:41-42
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
“Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
Our mother Mary is most amazing because of her purity of heart. The image I have is that, for her, saying “yes” to God was not really a hard decision at all.
Because her heart was focused on her Lord.
“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” — Luke 1:38
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