“Jesus’ mother and brothers came to him, but were unable to join him because of the crowd.” (Lk 8:19)
Today’s Passage: Lk 8:19-21
Meditation: A mother is in search of her beloved son. I do like the picture of mother Mary about whom that old lady one day spoke up from that crowd, “How happy is the woman who bore and nursed you.” (Lk 8:27) Yes, she is the happiest and the most blessed one. ‘She is the most blessed of all women’ as Elizabeth would dare to say. (Lk 1:42) However, Mother Mary is not only the one who bore and nursed Jesus but the one who always was with Son Jesus and played a significant role in the salvific work of Jesus. Her role as mother of Jesus was not over with her giving birth to Jesus as some people would like to say. All four gospels speak of this beloved mother who is after her son. Do you remember some of the Journeys she made to meet Jesus? Those pilgrimages of Mary should be kept in our mind always and it will surely be ‘the rock of our salvation.’ When he was a boy of 12: “My son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been terribly worried trying to find you.” (Lk 2:48) When he was misunderstood by the people: “when his family heard about it, they set out to take charge of him, because people were saying, ‘He’s gone mad!’”(Mk 3:21) When he was proclaiming the message of the kingdom of God: “Jesus was still talking to the people when his mother and brothers arrived. They stood outside asking to speak with him.” (Mt 12:46) When he was abandoned even by his disciples: “Standing close to Jesus’ cross were his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.” (Jn 19:25) She makes the same pilgrimages even today for you and me in a different way. Yes, she is in search of you too; when you are felt lost, misunderstood, successful, and even abandoned by all. Take her with you today itself like the beloved disciple to your own life. After the holy mass, everyday, I hear the beautiful prayer “All for Jesus through Mary.” O Mary, mother of Jesus, be with us always that we not lose Jesus, our Savior.
Prayer: Lord God, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. Thank you for all the graces you are showering upon us both material and spiritual especially for the gift of Mary your and our mother. O Mary, our dear mother, keep us always under your protection that we may never go astray from Jesus. O holy mamma, be with us always! Amen!
Greetings: Take courage! God is with you! Have a nice and blissful Tuesday…