Workers unite! You have nothing to lose but your self, in love! … Thursday, January 10

Madonna of the Rosary

Madonna of the Rosary (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Praying the Rosary takes work. What sort of work is it for us? Is it laborious? Or a labor of love?

A Rosary Meditation … The Second Joyful Mystery, the Visitation. “And she cried out, ‘Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb!'” Luke 1:42. Every Mystery of the Rosary, everything that happened to the people in the various Mysteries, can, and SHOULD, be applied to us personally in one way or another. The Rosary is filled, not just with pretty happenings from some foreign long-ago, but with pertinent life-lessons that will always apply if we have ears to hear and eyes to see. “Blessed art thou!” What a wonderful thing to hear. To be a blessing to someone else and to have them appreciate us. Whats just as important is to be a blessing and never hear about it, at least not from another human being. It’s nice to be complimented or to get a pat on the back. It’s the polite thing for the other person to do, to say “Thank you.” But if that’s our reason for doing whatever we do, well, we’re far from the right place in heart that we should be striving for. “Well done, thou good and faithful servant,” only really counts when it comes from one source and One Source only. If we never hear it from anyone else that ought not bother us. I doubt that Mary carried the Messiah in her womb just to hear a world say thanks. She probably didn’t do it to hear God say thanks either. She did it, I think, I’m sure, out of love for God. Doing good flows best from this motive. It should be us saying thank you for the love He shows us, that He would think enough of us to trust us with any good work. And the love behind the work flows best from Him.

Today … St. Agatho. A Sicilian cleric, Pope St. Agatho was born about 577 and was elected to the Roman see in 678. He had been a monk before his being elected pope and was well-versed in Latin and Greek. Although the exarch of Ravenna, Theodore, desired independence from Rome, he eventually submitted to Agatho’s rule. In 678, the Bishop Wilfrid of York, claiming he had been unjustly deposed, appealed to Agatho, who ruled that Wilfrid should be returned immediately to his see. Concerned about the state of the church in England, Agatho sent an envoy to teach the faithful there about chant and to report to him on the situation with the English church. The Sixth Ecumenical Council (680-681) accepted Agatho’s definitions of the two wills of Christ, although the pope did not attend the council. Agatho died during a plague in 681. This saint got a lot done. And managed, at the same time, to allow God to make him saintly. How many times do you think Agatho heard thank you? Or wanted to? How much of his work was done for applause? How much did he do out of simple, wholesome obedience? How much for love of God?

Working … A sinful lady once washed the feet of Jesus with her tears of repentance and love. She dried them with her hair. This was work, this was love in action. Love in action is what honest, godly work ought always to be. Such work is its own reward and no thanks are necessary or even considered. The worker looses themselves in giving thanks, as they share the love given to them, instead.

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