Dear Sacred Heart Family,
Our floor renovation is progressing very well and on schedule. This past Monday, Fr. Tomy joined me on the farm for a tour and a visit. I gave him a set of farm clothes in case a disaster happened but he came through unscathed without any manure on him! It was also his first experience driving a tractor. By the time we were done he was becoming an old hand.
With the example of our two patrons, the Sacred Heart and St. Mary, I want to turn to their example and wisdom for their direction and guidance in these two outposts of God’s Kingdom. This week I want to turn to the example of our Blessed Mother.
Mary is a beautiful example of Discipleship, of what it means to be a Christian. I am struck by her first and last words. We meet Mary when the Angel Gabriel is speaking to her, asking her to be the mother of God. Mary’s response to this request is “Let it be done to me according to your will”. We hear Mary speak her last words when she is with Jesus at a wedding reception in Cana. Seeing the need for wine she asks Jesus to take care of the problem and tells the servers to “Do whatever he tells you”.
We can learn a lot from Mary’s first and last words. She begins by being totally open to God’s will- which is certainly harder to do than it is to say. Those moments, big and small, come to each of us and we need to pray for the grace to also surrender ourselves. It is important to remember that these moments are never a one-time event- our surrender to Jesus and His will is a daily choice. Some days it is an hourly choice! Mary said yes to the Angel Gabriel and she continued to say yes to the Lord even up to the foot of the cross. Mary’s beginning posture of openness to God, even in incredibly difficult and confusing situations, was maintained throughout her life. It needs to be the same for us. When it is hard to say Yes Mary is there to pray for us and take her to Jesus just like she took that young couples need for wine to Him.
Which takes us to Mary’s last words- “Do whatever he tells you”. Mary ends her words in the Gospels by simply pointing to Jesus. If only our life can be that simple, where all we say or do would be words or actions that point to Jesus. I have heard that a good metaphor for holiness is that of window. The saints are a clean window, people through whom others can see Jesus clearly. Jesus tells us He is the light that has come into the world. The question then becomes how much of His light can shine through us.
Mary, we ask for your help to surrender our lives more fully to Jesus on a consistent basis. Help us to point always to you. May our first words and our last words so define our lives.