READINGS for 2008-10-07
Memorial Our Lady of the Rosary
But the Lord answered, “Martha, Martha, you worry and are troubled about many things.” – Luke 10:41
I must confess I am every inch like Mommy, who is much like Martha.
Mommy was an extraordinary woman and truly admirable. She tirelessly walked the extra mile for everyone. Even as she overextended herself for others, abala was never in her vocabulary. She had a delightful heart in serving people to make them feel special and loved.
Being the only daughter with three brothers, she trained me to be the “mini-mom” taking on the responsibilities and being in charge. That remained unchanged as I grew older, got married and eventually became a single mom, to the point of perennially being referred to as the “Ate at Nanay ng Bayan.” I too became a certified worrier!
Then one day, the Lord put me in an emotionally difficult circumstance that changed everything. He allowed an experience to happen to teach me a valuable lesson. Steadily, over the past three years, I have learned to simply keep still, be at His feet and entrust my life to Him. Slowly, I am being transformed from the Martha that I was to the Mary He wants me to be. Incidentally, my name is Maria Rosario. Marie Franco
Quiet down. Listen to Him. What is He trying to tell you?
O Lord, as I keep still, reveal what it is that I should live for and give me the heart to go as You command.
Mary is at the heart of the mission of the Church. We can always look to her to intercede for us in our mission work, and know for sure that she will respond to our requests. Mary’s heart is a heart of evangelization. Like all true mothers, she does not want to see any of her children lost to the promises of eternal life.
Acts 1: 12-14 (or Galatians 1:13-24)
12 After Jesus had been taken up into heaven, the Apostles returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. 13 When they entered the city they went to the upper room where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
P S A L M
Luke 1:46-47, 48-49, 50-51, 52-53, 54-55 (or Psalm 139: 1b-3, 13-14ab, 14c-15)
R: The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.
46 “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, 47 my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” (R) 48 “For he has looked upon his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: 49 the Mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.” (R) 50 “He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. 51 He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit.” (R) 52 “He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has lifted up the lowly. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.” (R) 54 “He has come to the help of his servant Israel, for he has remembered his promise of mercy, 55 the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and to his children forever.” (R)
G O S P E L
Mary’s life will forever be an example to us of a woman who has surrendered all and held nothing back. She is the best example of discipleship the Church has ever seen. As such, we have a lot to learn from her simplicity and humility. Nowhere does Mary ever seek to draw attention to herself! Let us pray that we will have the same level of humility as we seek to serve in the Kingdom of God.
Luke 1: 26-38 (or Luke 10:38-42)
26 The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.” 29 But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, 33 and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34 But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” 35 And the angel said to her in reply, “The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. 36 And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; 37 for nothing will be impossible for God.” 38 Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
think: Let us pray that we will have the same level of humility as Mary as we seek to serve in the Kingdom of God.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Wisdom 16-19
PRAY THE ROSARY
Today is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. If we reflect upon the words of the “Hail Mary,” we will discover that the first half of it is purely scriptural and the second half is merely the request for Mary to pray for us in all of our neediness. I do not know how any Bible-believing Christian to the most left-wing or right-wing Catholic could have any problems with such a prayer.
Catholics are not obliged to pray the Rosary, but again, if we have such a great and powerful intercessor waiting to place our prayers before Jesus, her son, why wouldn’t we avail of such an offer? It seems to me that all the logic in the world points to praying the Rosary as well as to using Mary as an intercessor as a good idea. There are many other arguments I could make in favor of this thesis, including an analysis of the text in John’s Gospel where Jesus commends Mary to the care of the apostle John and him to her.
There are many examples in history where victory over disease and invading armies were attributed to the intercession of Our Lady. As we reflect today on the role of the Rosary in our lives and families, let us try to remember these things and so be encouraged to seek the intercession of Mary in our lives. We often ask others to pray for us as they ask us to pray for them. If we want something, often the first place we turn is to our mothers, especially if it means getting our father’s permission. Maybe we can put in place a similar strategy when we are seeking spiritual graces from our Father in Heaven. Of course, there is nothing to stop us from going straight to the Father, Jesus or the Holy Spirit, but sometimes we might feel more comfortable knowing we have Mary as an intercessor at our side.
Mary interceded to Jesus for the couple who ran out of wine at their wedding. I am sure she will look as kindly upon our requests, provided of course they truly reflect Gospel principles and the will of God for our lives. Fr. Steve Tynan
When was the last time I prayed the Rosary? Does the Rosary have a place in my life?
Holy Spirit, help me to make full use of the gift of intercession from Mary and all of the saints in heaven as I seek to do the will of God in my life.
St. Artaldus, pray for us.
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