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, help me to imitate
1. 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 ñ hearing the word of God and observing it ñ was certainly
compelling for Jesus in his educational upbringing.
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
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.
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.