Do I really think of Mary as my educator in the full sense, in the sense of teaching me virtue?
While Jesus was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to
him, "Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed." He replied,
"Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it."
Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus,
you are the master of the universe, and yet you wish to listen to me and guide me. You know all
things past, present and future and yet you respect my freedom to choose you. Holy Trinity, you are
completely happy and fulfilled on your own, and yet you have generously brought us into existence.
You are our fulfillment. Thank you for the gift of yourself. I offer the littleness of myself in
return, knowing you are pleased with what I have to give. Lord Jesus, you are the master of the
universe, and yet you wish to listen to me and guide me. You know all things past, present and
future, and yet you respect my freedom to choose you. Holy Trinity, you are completely happy and
fulfilled on your own, and yet you have generously brought us into existence. You are our
fulfillment. Thank you for the gift of yourself. I offer the littleness of myself in return, knowing
you are pleased with what I have to give. Holy Spirit, teach me through today’s Gospel to love Mary
as Jesus did, to be dependent on her as a child would be, to truly see her as my mother.
Petition: Lord, help me to imitate Mary. Lord, grant me
the grace to grow in virtue through this meditation. You know which virtues I need most and am
working on cultivating. Inspire me through your Mother to work more effectively in achieving
Lord, help me to imitate Mary.
Mary’s Masterpiece:. The woman in this passage has a great insight. She senses the greatness
of Jesus. Probably she intuits that he is the Messiah. It is doubtful if she has guessed that he is
also God-made-man. But from Jesus’ greatness, she is able to infer the greatness of Mary. It is
obvious to her that whoever produced this masterpiece of humanity must have been a masterpiece of
humanity herself. And she is right. The humanity of Jesus is Mary’s masterpiece. All of what she is,
she imparted to him. While we cannot credit Mary with the perfections of Jesus’ divinity, we would
be doing her a grave injustice to think that Jesus’ human virtues and perfections were not
positively impacted by her example.
2. The Immaculate Conception: God desired Jesus to come
into this world like every one of us, as an infant, and so Jesus needed a mother. God wanted him to
have the finest mother, a perfect mother, and so he gave Mary many gifts, starting with her
Immaculate Conception, preserving her from original sin. Who could imagine Jesus – pure and innocent
– wrapped in flesh polluted by sin for the first nine months of his existence? Would such an
innocent child ever have been able to stop crying while being tended to by a sinner? The Father
wanted the best for his Son and gave him the best, even though he had to provide the miracle of the
Immaculate Conception in order to do it.
3. Jesus’ Educator:. Being truly human, Jesus had to
learn just like any one of us. Because of his divinity, his human capacities were untainted by sin,
but it was Mary who taught him how to use them, who honed them in the everyday life of the family
until they were perfect – just as any mother would. Mary was the perfect one to bring out all the
perfections in Jesus’ human nature. Being immaculately conceived, Mary’s mind was not wounded by sin
and so was always able to discover ways of parenting and teaching that were perfectly suited to
Jesus’ human nature. To educate doesn’t mean to just give knowledge. In its fullest sense, it means
to train in virtue. Mary’s continuous example of virtue – hearing the word of God and observing it –
was certainly compelling for Jesus in his educational upbringing.
Conversation with Christ: Dear
Jesus, it’s hard for me to understand that, as human, you needed education just like anyone else.
Help me to see that you were truly and fully human like me. Moreover, since you have already given
me Mary to be my Mother, ask her to educate me too, to form me in all the virtues the way she formed
them in you.
Resolution: Do I really think of Mary as my educator in the full sense, in
the sense of teaching me virtue? What is the virtue I need the most? I will ask Mary to educate me
in it in a special way today.