Wednesday, November 28

A Rosary Meditation … The Fourth Glorious Mystery, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven. In today’s Gospel reading, Luke 21:12-19, Jesus talks about how His followers will be treated. He doesn’t paint a pretty picture. Persecution is never pleasant and, given history, is never-ending. Or so it seems. Our lives can seem so long to us and this length of days can make the rough spots seem never-ending too. But there will be an end to the hard times and we have a good example of the end here in the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Now, its true that her Assumption was something special and that it will never be repeated with any other human being, at least not exactly, but it still gives us an example applicable to ourselves and a hope to carry us through the dark periods of life. Think about Mary’s earthly life. She had a hard life. That doesn’t mean that she had a bad life. We need to remember that, remember that hardship doesn’t negate the basic goodness involved in living. As hard as her life was she got to spend it with Jesus. As hard as our own life may seem we have the opportunity to spend it with Jesus. And then there’s the ending of those things that cause us such discomfort, that cause us all the pain. Think about the Assumption. After all the pain was over the glory began. How much more is goodness to be appreciated when the badness ends? How good we feel when the pain stops. If you’ve ever had a headache or a cold weren’t you happy when it went away? Someday, like Mary, if we spend our lives here on earth with Jesus like she did, He will reward us with Heaven too. All the negatives ended for Mary with her Assumption. When we take our last breath here, and all the aggravations, both major and minor, end, think about where you’ll be and Who you’ll be with when you take your next breath.

Today … St. Andrew Trong was a Vietnamese soldier back in the early 19th century. He was also a Catholic. Remember how Jesus said we’d be handed over to our enemies in today’s Gospel reading? In 1834 Andrew was arrested for being a Christian. He was beheaded, his mother kneeling next to him. She received his head in her lap. Think about how Elizabeth felt when John the Baptizer was beheaded. Think about how Mary felt as she held the dead body of her Son. Think about the pains of life these people suffered and dwell, for a moment, on your own. Okay, that’s ENOUGH! There’s plenty of sadness in the world and pains to go with it. And it is all MORE than enough. NOW it is time, for a change, NOT to worry about these things.  Why is now a good time to set these things aside? Because we do it, “it” being worry and feel the pain, ENOUGH ALREADY! Think about what comes next, what happens after, and about how long it will last. Borrow from that happiness for today, because there will be more than enough. If you spill some on today I can promise that you won’t go lacking then.

Remember … “For the rest, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever modest, whatsoever just, whatsoever holy, whatsoever lovely, whatsoever of good fame, if there be any virtue, if any praise of discipline, think on these things.” … “And that I may dwell in the house of the Lord unto length of days.” Philippians 4:8 & Psalm 23:6b.

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