Presenting … JESUS! … Monday, July 22

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One Church, one Body, and we’re it.

A Rosary Meditation … The Fourth Joyful Mystery, the Presentation. “A light of revelation to the Gentiles … ” Luke 2:32. Have you ever considered how blessed we are to be Catholic and spiritual children of Abraham? God isn’t obligated towards any of us, but He obligates Himself willingly and out of love for us. He presents Jesus to us just as He did to Simeon and Anna there in the Temple. He makes us a part of something that we have no right to. I think we forget sometimes that we’re creatures and not the ones in control, not the ones in a position to demand or command. But because He created us for the sake of love He includes us, not because He has to, but because He wants to. Now days people have a tendency to think of the Catholic Church as just one denomination among many. This isn’t true. We’re not a denomination. That’s a worldly view of Catholicism. Denominations were all founded by men. We’re not that. There are many denominations founded by men but only one Church, one Body of Christ, created by God, is presented to the world. And if you’re Catholic you’re blessed to be a part of that in a very special way. If you’re Christian and not Catholic you are, sadly, separated from much that God has to offer you as you make your way to Heaven. Of course, there is a remedy for that separation. But Catholics? We should give thanks that there is a Light for us to see and follow and that we are fully a part of it. The Light is Christ, today His light is reflected upon the earth by His Body, and His Body is Holy Mother Church. As we present Him to others let us present His Body as well.

Today …

“The Penitent”

St. Mary Magdelene <br>"The Penitent"

St. Mary Magdelene
“The Penitent.”

She is called “the Penitent”. St. Mary was given the name ‘Magdalen’ because, though a Jewish girl, she lived in a Gentile town called Magdale, in northern Galilee, and her culture and manners were those of a Gentile. St. Luke records that she was a notorious sinner, and had seven devils removed from her. She was present at Our Lords’ Crucifixion, and with Joanna and Mary, the mother of James and Salome, at Jesus’ empty tomb. Fourteen years after Our Lord’s death, St. Mary was put in a boat by the Jews without sails or oars – along with Sts. Lazarus and Martha, St. Maximin (who baptized her), St. Sidonius (“the man born blind”), her maid Sera, and the body of St. Anne, the mother of the Blessed Virgin. They were sent drifting out to sea and landed on the shores of Southern France, where St. Mary spent the rest of her life as a contemplative in a cave known as Sainte-Baume. She was given the Holy Eucharist daily by angels as her only food, and died when she was 72. St. Mary was transported miraculously, just before she died, to the chapel of St. Maximin, where she received the last sacraments. We should all be so blessed as to be such a beautiful part of Christ’s Body, His Church, as is St. Mary Magdelene.

Quote … “What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.” ― Hans Urs von Balthasar, Prayer.