Prayer: “Mary give us your Heart, so Beautiful, so Pure, so Immaculate, your Heart so full of Love and Humility that we may be able to receive Jesus in the Bread of Life, Love Him as you loved Him and serve Him in His distressing disguise.” (Mother Teresa)
The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph,
and the infant lying in the manger.
When they saw this,
they made known the message
that had been told them about this child.
All who heard it were amazed
by what had been told them by the shepherds.
And Mary kept all these things,
reflecting on them in her heart.
Then the shepherds returned,
glorifying and praising God
for all they had heard and seen,
just as it had been told to them.
When eight days were completed for his circumcision,
he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel
before he was conceived in the womb.
Just a very small point to ponder this day; “Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.”
Mary gives us (her children) the posture of prayer. To reflect on God’s ways and workings in our hearts. The great danger is to stay in the head, and never spend time in the heart, the place of encounter with Jesus. To reflect is to ‘throw back”- to reflect in the heart is to cast the words back to God and to listen.
Today on this beautiful day (Baileys Harbor up here just had a wonderful snowfall, so all the trees are coated with snow and the sky is bright blue, its beautiful!) of Mary the Mother of God, let us learn from Mary how to carry things in our hearts, to ponder them with God. To listen to His input on what we ponder, to hold His Words in our hearts. Let us take the hand of Mary this day and choose to allow her to teach us this year of 2019 how to truly be open to the voice of her Son.
Mary, Mother of Jesus be a Mother to me now. Amen. (Mother Teresa)