“Want to hold the Baby?” … Thursday, May 9

Altar of Veit Stoss, Left bottom, The Magi hon...

Altar of Veit Stoss, Left bottom, The Magi honor Jesus, St. Mary’s Church, Krakow, Poland.

A Rosary Meditation … The Third Joyful Mystery, the Nativity. “And behold, Magi came from the East, and entering they found the Child with Mary His mother.” Matthew 2:1,11. Centuries ago most Christians believed that there were three wise men because there were three gifts mentioned and also because of Psalm 72:10 (71:10 in the Douay Rheims) which says, “The kings of Tharsis and the islands shall offer presents: the kings of the Arabians and of Saba shall bring gifts:”. Tharsis (or Tarshish), Arabia, and Saba (which I think references the Sabeans and not Ethiopia, but I’m not certain). So, three gifts, three areas, three wise men. Now-a-days theologians dispute this, but, well frankly I still believe it. Why? In some areas the “old-fashioned” theologians had, I think, more on the ball than their modern liberal counterparts. And, no, they’re aren’t all liberals gone overboard, but you know what I mean. So until the Pope tells me different I’ll stick with the three. Anyway, history lesson aside, the wise guys aren’t center stage here, are they? No, it’s the King and the Queen Mother that call out for attention. After all, that’s why the Magi showed up. “The Child was with Mary His mother.” When we look for a newborn we generally find both, don’t we? If we find a baby without a mother its a sad state of affairs. If we find the mother without the child we’re confident that she knows where the baby is, aren’t we? What does the Pope do? He guides us, being lead by the Holy Spirit in a special way that’s part of his Petrine ministry, to God’s Truth. What does the Bishop, the Parish Priest, the Deacon do? They do the same thing, according to their ministry, don’t they? They hold out the Truth to us. Who held out the Truth to the Three Wise Men? Well, who was holding the Truth? Who had Him in their arms? Want to find the God-Man? Want to find the Truth? Want to hold the Baby? Do what the Wise Men did. Look for the Mother and you’ll always find the Child. Its her job, her ministry, to hold out the Baby to us for us to hold next to our hearts. She’s been doing it ever since the Wise Men (all three of ’em 😉 ) showed up and she still is. The question now is: How wise are we?

Today …  Blessed Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger

Bl. Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger

Bl. Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger. Blessed Mary Theresa was born Caroline Gerhardinger in Bavaria in1797. Encouraged by her parish priest to become a teacher, she believed strongly that a child’s need for love, safety and food were as important as formal education. “Let us never forget the love of Jesus for children, whom he took upon his lap and blessed,” she said. She founded the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Now she understood the value of a baby, born or unborn. She obviously held Jesus to her heart. Who holds her in His hand now?

From “My Pope” (He was pope when I converted.) …

“But note what is taking place here this morning. While we close the ecumenical council, we are honoring Mary Most Holy, the mother of Christ, and consequently, as we declared on another occasion, the mother of God and our spiritual mother. We are honoring Mary Most Holy, the Immaculate One, therefore innocent, stupendous, perfect. She is the woman, the true woman who is both ideal and real, the creature in whom the image of God is reflected with absolute clarity, without any disturbance, as happens in every other human creature.” (Pope Paul VI, Concluding Address to the Second Vatican Council; On Mary, Immaculate).