Pick your seat … Monday, March 4

Mary crowned with stars. A reflection of the b...

Mary crowned with stars. A reflection of the biblical image in Revelation 12. Biblical proof of the seat reserved for her by God. Begin reserving your seat now. Statue by Attard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Rosary Meditation … The Second Joyful Mystery, the Visitation. “And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; for he has regarded the lowliness of his handmaid.'” Luke 1:46-48. Mary praises God, her Savior. Some might pose the question, “If Mary was sinless why did she need a savior?” And that’s a good question. Mary was born without original sin in order to prepare a fit vessel to contain the Son of God. But it was God that made this immaculate conception happen. It was God who saved Mary from the stain of original sin. So she had been saved by God. And after her birth, coming into the world sinless, by her own free will she maintained, with God’s help and by His grace, this relationship with Him. So He was always her Savior. And Mary, for her part, did what Eve should have done but didn’t. She obeyed. Mary seems to have counted her obedience as nothing.  ” … the lowliness of His handmaid.” Mary took to heart the truth about obedience and our own worth as a result. “So you also, when you shall have done all these things that are commanded you, say: We are unprofitable servants; we have done that which we ought to do.” Luke 17:10. Mary took this truth to heart. So should we. If Mary, being perfect before God, was humble and understood her need of Him as her Savior, how much more should we? And if we take this truth to heart, if we follow Mother’s example, the result will be what exactly? What results did God allow for her? She rules now, seated at His right hand, as Queen of Heaven and Earth. Remember what Jesus said in Luke 14:10. ” … sit down in the lowest place; that when he who invited thee, cometh, he may say to thee: Friend, go up higher. Then shalt thou have glory before them that sit at table with thee.” It worked for Mother, didn’t it? As her children it will work for us. Lets try, and pray, trust God for this, to live the example she left us. Who knows? We may get a better seat if we do.

Today … St. Owen was a Benedictine monk. Once a steward in the household of St. Etheldreda, he entered a Benedictine monastery at Lastingham, England, under St. Chad. He later migrated to Lichfield, following St. Chad. A steward. He was a servant. A monk. He was a follower. An example. He is a saint. I’d say God gave him a good seat, wouldn’t you?

Saints … For a person to be saintly doesn’t mean that God waved a magic wand and, !POOF!, instant holiness. It means that the saintly person set their will aside in preference for God’s. And that’s not magic. That’s work.


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  1. How I love the Blessed Mother’s words to our Lord. I pray these words nightly, as I cannot think of a better way to end my day, then with the Canticle of our Blessed Mother.

    “Mary took to heart the truth about obedience and our own worth as a result.” You know I often wonder how she did this so well? She is such an example for us to follow in matters of obedience, faith, joy, and sorrow.

    If we could always set her example before us throughout our day, how our “souls would magnify the Lord” at the end of it.

    Good post and God Bless, SR

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