Saturday, June 16, 2012

A Year of Grace - Part 2

In my previous blog, I touched on contemplating the face of Christ in the Eucharist as one of the surest ways of experiencing God’s grace in this Year of Grace. In today’s blog I thought that I would touch on another sure way of contemplating the face of Christ.
If you want to know anything about a man, the best source of information is his mother. This is no less true for the Greatest Man who ever walked this earth – the Man Christ Jesus. If you want to know Jesus, then go to His Mother.
The best thing that you can do to develop your devotion to Our Lord Present in the Most Blessed Sacrament is to develop a deeper devotion to Our Lady. This is because Mary always points us to Jesus. If you want to “contemplate the face of Jesus” then ask Mary. She will show you her Son. This has always been her mission – to lead us to Jesus and to instruct us to “do whatever He tells us” (Jn 2:5).
Mary is a sure way of obtaining God’s grace because she was Immaculately Conceived. By God’s grace, she was and continues to be “full of grace” (Lk 1:28). Do we want to be filled with God’s grace? Then let us learn from Mary what it means to be docile to the will of God. Let us learn, with Mary, to say “Let it be done unto me according to thy word” (Lk 1:38).
Finally, if we want to experience God’s grace, we should ask Mary to pray for us. She always intercedes for us because we are her children  – entrusted to her by Our Lord as His final act before declaring “It is finished!” (Jn 19:25-28). Not only does she pray for us to God that He would pour out His grace upon us; but she is also the channel by which God pours out His grace. Jesus is always the same (Heb 13:8); and if Jesus came to the world through Mary, then He will continue to come to us through Mary – and we must come to Him through Mary. The fact that God became Man, through Mary, was the greatest gift of His grace to us. This is one reason why the Church calls her the “Mediatrix of All Graces”.

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. AMEN.

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