I can’t finish Lent without doing a post about Mary. Especially since she has been interceding so beautifully for me through my time on the Treadmill and bringing me ever closer to her son Jesus. She is truly a mother to me in so many ways.
I think what has struck me in a new way about Mary is the transformation brought about by the total journey of her life. We are used to thinking of her in terms of singular events as depicted in the mysteries of the rosary: the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Nativity, Finding the child Jesus in the temple, her Ascension to Heaven and her crowning as Queen of Heaven. We have only a handful of stories about her in scripture, but she teaches us more than most other characters in the Bible by her beautiful example in each situation: her Fiat, Obedience, Trust, Magnificat, and simple, quiet acceptance.
When I consider the totality of Mary’s journey, especially in light of the fact that she is still physically appearing around the world fulfilling her Motherly duty, it’s hard to remember that she was a simple child of faith when the Angel of the Lord appeared to her so incredibly. She wasn’t born any more divine than you or I but she learned through her life of sufferings and joys to accept and abide in God’s will. It isn’t any single moment in her life that makes Mary great (although she sure did have some doosies!), but rather the sum total of all the parts. What hope for us mere sinners! We can walk in those very footsteps! St. Thérèse of Lisieux, known as the little flower, recognized this same Truth and lived the way of “doing little things with great love.” If we pick up our cross daily and simply live as we are called, we undergo a slow and steady transformation, the end of which we can never fully imagine at the beginning.
Mary walked step by step, day by day, in faith and obedience, and consequently, God elevated her tremendously, all the way to assuming her bodily into Heaven and crowning her Queen of Heaven, mere human though she was! Her first big ‘Yes’ was only the beginning of her lifelong assent to God and He continues to use her in His plan for bringing the kingdom into its fullness. I doubt she knew and understood at the cross how she would live out her role as Mother for her eternity. What human could conceive of such a plan? She simply said Yes to her Lord in every moment. Her apparitions at Fatima, Lourdes, Medjugorge, and countless other places are evidence of her ongoing ‘Yes.’ Her message is constant and simple, Pray, Pray, Pray. Return to Jesus. She has much to teach us and we can learn as she did by allowing our life, step by step, to be lived for doing God’s will. It is God’s grace that will make something great from whatever humble offering we can make.
I completed my first consecration to Jesus through Mary this past summer using Fr. Michael Gaitley’s book, 33 days to Morning Glory. It is a beautiful journey with some of the great saints who had a devotion to our Blessed Mother and have so much revealed wisdom to share with us. If you haven’t made your consecration through Mary yet, the next day to start is Easter Sunday if you already have a book or April 10, 19th or 28th. The booklet takes you through a short reading and reflection every morning for 33 days that will bless you and help you live your own Fiat more fully. For love of God, seek Him through His mother and you will find Him in new ways. I would love to pray this devotion again along with you. Leave a comment if you want to start and we can do it together!
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Have a Blessed and Holy Easter!