This is the 6th in series of talks by one of our employees relating the amazing healing power and love of God in her life.
At home, I have a t-shirt that reads: Have you talked to your Mother lately? On the back, it reads:
Hail Mary, full of grace
the Lord is with thee
Blessed art thou amongst women
and Blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus
Holy Mary, Mother of God
Pray for us sinners
Now, and at the hour of our death
I don’t really know how to explain to you what drew me to Mary as the means by which I could begin to develop a close relationship with Jesus without remembering Jesus’ words to John from the Cross and, likewise, His words to Mary:
“Woman, there is your son.” In turn He said to the disciple, “There is your mother.” John 19:26-27
At that moment, we, as children of God, would never be left without a mother, a mother honored by God while on earth and exalted in Heaven after her death. The time had come to talk to my Mother.
I spent time thinking about the extraordinary love of the Blessed Mother for her Son, our Savior, and the example she set for all of humanity during her life, submitting herself entirely to the will of the Father, trusting Him in everything, no matter the personal cost to her. I imagined the tenderness and beauty of Mary, a mother not unlike any other expectant mother as she worked to prepare the nest for the Infant soon to enter her life. I imagined the humility and love she must have felt toward the unborn Child, Jesus. Within a short time, this mother would kiss the very Face of God. She, with St. Joseph, would nurture and raise to adulthood, the very Creator of the Universe!
I cannot even begin to imagine the pain and anguish Mary felt when the time came for Jesus to fulfill the will of the Father. Yet, she was so completely united with Him that she would desire to feel within her own mind and body His pain and suffering, to be one with Him during His Passion. Mary gathered the strength and courage out of such an intense love to follow her Son to the very end of His earthly life. Like Jesus, Mary would never stop praying for those who tortured and murdered her Son, perfectly imitating Christ by her example.
…”He is the life of my soul and the soul of my life…His suffering became my suffering, because His Heart was mine…And just as Adam and Eve sold the world for an apple, so in a certain sense my Son and I redeemed the world with one Heart.” Excerpt from The Life of Mary as seen by the Mystics
And so, as I meditated on the Passion of my Savior, His mother always close, contemplating the intimacy of this relationship, the profound love, grief, suffering and forgiveness displayed for all of mankind, my heart swelled with love and the closeness I felt to Christ was indescribable. I came to understand the intimate relationship He desires with each of His children whom He created in His own image. He truly was becoming for me the Light of the World, and His Light began to fill my soul.
God bless you,