This morning, I had the supreme pleasure of attending mass with a friend and having breakfast with her in one of my favorite local restaurants, The Broken Egg, just one block off of the lake. It was so good to get caught up, and to be supported by another mom “in the trenches” – trying to raise happy, holy kids in today’s world. Thanks Mary Danna for being encouragement on this journey!
Afterwards, I went to the chapel. I had intended just to pop in and sit in Jesus’ presence for five minutes, but felt compelled to pray the rosary. The joyful mysteries said on Mondays and Saturdays are my favorite! I just wanted to share what popped into my head this morning as I prayed those mysteries –
The Annunciation – Of course, I pictured beautiful, young, frightened Mary in the presence of the angel. Through her fear, she also trusted God completely, and said yes, which effected the whole plan of salvation. I thanked Mother Mary for saying “Yes”, and asked her to help me to always say “Yes” to God – to allow God to work through me to bring others to Him – in fact – to not let me get in the way of the flow of GRACE. Help me to want only the Father’s Will – whatever that may be.
The Visitation – Mary (who probably felt a bit nauseated, tired, PREGNANT), put her own feelings aside to go help Elizabeth who was probably having a much more difficult pregnancy because of her advanced age. I asked Mary to help me to “Get over myself.” How often does fatigue, grumpiness, aches and pains stop me from being helpful or pleasant to others? I asked Mary to help me to help me to be much less selfish and more giving – in spite of myself.
The Nativity – I love to envision myself right there at the manger, admiring the beautiful baby Jesus. In my mind I ask Mary and Joseph’s permission to hold Him in my arms, and they tell me that Jesus came for me – that He is as much mine as He is theirs. Mary generously and willingly lets me hold Jesus. I admire Him, and praise Him for coming to me in such a humble, simple and tangible way.
The Presentation – Mary and Joseph go to the Temple to present Jesus in accordance with Jewish law. They bring the child and the prescribed sacrifice. I imagine myself presenting all that I have and all that I am to God. I ask Him to take me and do what He wants with me. Take it all – You, Lord, know what to do with “it” better than me.
The Finding of Jesus in the Temple – Often, I look at this mystery from a parental standpoint – of losing a child. Today, I thought of looking for Jesus myself – how at times I hunger for Him – how the whole world is hungering for His presence today (whether they know it or not). I am reminded that I need not look far – that Jesus is truly as close to us as the very beating of our hearts. I leave feeling assured, hopeful once again and at peace.
Have a beautiful day!