Monday, November 19

A Rosary Meditation … The Second Joyful Mystery, the Visitation. Mary, after having received and conceived Jesus, went to her cousin Elizabeth to help her during Elizabeth’s pregnancy. Elizabeth was older, to old for childbearing, and needed all the help she could get. So Mary went. In today’s Gospel reading, Luke 18:35-43, Jesus helps a blind man by restoring his sight. Have you ever noticed how certain traits, both good and bad, seem to run in families? I’m not talking about physical similarities here but inward resemblances. There are probably any number of reasons for this but the primary cause can be boiled down to the bottom line with the simple words “Like father like son.” We learn, for good or ill, from those that raise us. And the people who raise children are stuck with being a role model whether they like it or not. So parents and others who do the raising need to take it seriously. Proverbs 22:6, the old familiar “Train up a child in the way he should go …”, may as well be the guiding principle in child rearing because kids are going to watch, learn and copy anyway. Parents may as well work with this because they’ll live with the results later one way or the other. Now think about Jesus and that blind man. Think about Mary with Elizabeth. God chose the best when He picked Mary to be the mother of His Son. Don’t you think He would’ve picked someone who would set a good example, someone who would take the above proverb to heart? Now, we can’t choose our parents or our children. God takes care of that for us and His reasoning is His own. He knows best despite how things may look to us. And God the Father took care of this for God the Son too. The results? The blind see, the lame walk, the dead are raised to new life, and the captives, you and me, have been set free. Now I’m not saying all this happens just because Mary, like going to help Elizabeth and every other good deed that she ever did with Jesus there with her, set a good example for Jesus. But she is a good example and all this did/does happen. The real issue here, again for you and me, is this: Mary sets US an example as OUR mother. Do we take it to heart? Do we follow her example? Because whatever our answer to this question is its going to have a ripple effect. We may as well make the most of it.

Today … St. Faustus was the deacon of St. Dionysius. He also accompanied Dionysius into exile. Faustus was martyred at Alexandria, Egypt in his old age. A long, holy life followed by a holy death. He was faithful. Faithful in his ministry as deacon, faithful to Dionysius to the point of following him even when it was hardest, and finally faithful unto death. For just a minute set and think about this: With that sort of life and death, what kind of examples do you think he was surrounded by as a child?

The Best Example of a Good Example … “One doesn’t begin to be a Christian because of an ethical decision or a great idea, but rather because of an encounter with an event, with a Person, who gives new horizons to life, and with that, a decisive orientation.” ~ Pope Benedict XVI ~

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