Lenten Journey with Mary

The "Lenten Journey with Mary" begins today as we embark on a spiritual path with Mary, the mother of Our Lord, through repentance, fasting, and prayer.
by Virginia M. Kimball, S.T.D. | Source: ESBVM.org
The journey will end for us all in joy – realizing in the experience of Lent and its treasures the tremendous gift of love and life that Jesus brought to us in His life on earth, in His death, and in His resurrection.

Each day a poetic meditation will be offered alongside a holy icon or image. These icons and images continue the reflection on the day’s theme. This collection of poetic meditations and images, as they accumulate day by day in our progress through Lent, are meant to be an invitation to ponder the marvelous mystery of God and the gift of life that never ends -- offered to us in the sacrifice of His Son.

Jesus came to earth to bring us life. In Lent, we are called to respond in awe for God’s power and might, but also in love as Christ loved us. St. Paul wrote to the people in Corinth, Greece, to encourage them in the Christian life helping them to accept the invitation sent by God through the Incarnation of Christ. He encouraged them, and us, to live for Christ thus discovering eternal life. “For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge the following truth is true: that if One [our Lord] died for all, then all died; and He died for all that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again”
(1 Corinthians 14-15). These words are powerful. In our journey with Christ’s mother in Lent, we repent, pray, and go to her Son in the Eucharist to discover this deep meaning for our own lives.

Mary can teach us how to experience the love of Christ. When Christ died, then all humanity died with Him. Importantly, parallel to this concept [at the same time equally true], Christ died for all who no longer live for themselves. He died and rose for those who live in close bond with God, who live the days of their lives in bonded love with Christ.

It is the young woman Mary of Galilee who trusted God, lived for God and not for herself, who as mother and disciple lived in a close bond with her Son Jesus, who knew and lived the covenant of Yahweh, and can journey with us in our spiritual journey to the joy of Easter. She will lead us to her Son and the realization of real happiness when we can proclaim at Easter: “He has risen, truly He has risen!” To join this joy with Mary - the mother who bore Christ - we can discover the most important meaning of being Christian, of entering life eternal which begins now and is complete in the “yet to come.”


ASH WEDNESDAY

dust to dust
earth to heaven
flesh to divine

clay with breath
woman from man
sin from snake

light in the dark
moist in the dry
life upon earth

Child to mother
lost -- found
forsake -- cling
death – birth!




Reflecting on the image:
This image portrays Our Lady of Perptual Help, which demonstrates many characterics of the ancient tradition of early icons of the Virgin Mary originating around the 5th century. She stretches out her hand to hold the Son's hand but in this gesture also indicates she is pointing to her Son, showing He is the way to our happiness. Her inner garment is red, indicating an ages-old sign that means life. With her we can go to her Son who is life. She is the woman who bore Life to the world. We see the crown on her head which indicates a royalty not of power but of faith and love. The halo in ancient iconography suggested a holy aura, an internal holiness of closeness to God which radiates in the saint. In an icon we find a glimpse of the holiness of a world that is not of this world. In Lent we will walk with Mary to show our love for her Son and to be closer to Him as our source of life.


Check out the all the
Lenten Journey with Mary meditations.



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