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Mary, Woman of Wisdom and Patience

For one of the class we have with the sisters, we were instructed to read this certain passage, reflect upon it, find Mary’s message for us in it, and such.  Then we are to give the title to Mary that we feel in our hearts.  We have been talking about some that we could give her based on specific stories from the bible.  Here is the passage that we are to use.  It is John 2:1-12.

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”  (And) Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.”  Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told them, “Fill the jars with water.” So they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.”  So they took it. And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, without knowing where it came from (although the servers who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.

However familiar it may be with me, I had to read it over and over again before I could come up with some words that could describe my reflection.  There are many different perspectives one could take.  Even though my focus is to be on Mary, I ended up seeing it from others’ perspectives too, which served to help in getting a good grasp on what may have been really happening at the wedding.  I did not allow myself to think of Mary quite yet.

The first time through, I was drawn to the servers and what they must have felt and thought.  To them, this man was expecting them to bring him water so that they could serve wine.  Yes, they had done it, but there must have been some confusion in their minds. 

The second time through, I thought about the two getting married.  We do not hear about them other than the praise that the headwaiter (who had not known what had happened) had given the bridegroom at serving the best wine last instead of first.  Did the newly married couple know what had happened later down the line?  Had they known that they ran out of wine and yet there was more to be served?

In the third reading that I did, my focus went to Jesus.  This was the first miracle performed by Him.  What was He thinking in the process?  Maybe Jesus had an idea of how He would react, but He may also have had no idea what would be said of this miracle.  I am left to wonder, would Jesus have done it if Mary was not there?

From there, I read the story a fourth time.  In this reading, I focused on who Mary was in this event and what role she had in the miracle.  I found that she had an immense patience with Jesus.  Her son calls her woman and gives what we would call today as attitude.  She knows what Jesus is to do, as she was told by an angel some years ago.  Was she be spoken to by God to start Jesus off on His ministry?  Despite what Jesus told her, she still turned to the servers and told them to do whatever Jesus tells them to do.  The respect people must have had to listen to what she says, overstepping what Jesus told her.  During and after the miracle, the writer does not tell us anything more about Mary’s presence.  Letting my imagination run, I can see her backing up and watching from the side all that is taking place.  I see a big smile on her face at seeing Jesus begin the ministry He was born to do.  There had to be wisdom in her that she knew what to do and what to say.  There had to be patience in her in order to respond as she did in talking to Jesus.  There was a deeper connection she had to what good needed to happen and how.  Despite that Jesus was God made flesh, He grew up with a mother as any human child would.  Mary, His mother, had the wisdom and patience with Jesus as God gave her on the day He was conceived. 

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2011 in Inner Reflection

 

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Mary Mazzarello Quote 2

Corragio, dunque; dopo pochi giorni di combattimento, avremo il Paradiso per sempre.

…and in the english again because I am nice…

Be of good heart, then; after a few days of struggle we shall possess paradise forever.

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Update Post

It has certainly been forever since I have posted, or at least what seems like forever.  It is not that I don’t have anything to share with the people of the world.  Every time I have sat down to type something, everything reflection and thought of mine freezes in time while I fight to get the words out.  So much has happen in these last couple of months that I would not know where to begin in sharing.  Some of it has been expressed here of course. 

For now, I just leave you with a small update with some reflection to come later.  Soon we will receive our self-evaluations to fill out, an invitation to write our petition to move on or not (God-willing), have a meeting with the provincial, and then finally at some point know what is to come of our life with the Daughters or Mary Help of Christians (aka the Salesian Sisters). 

Prego per mi!

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Do You Love Jesus?

Do you love Jesus with all that you are?

Like really, completely and fully without reserve?

Or is it just partially, only when you need Him the most?

What happened to everything for God, for His Son?

Everyday we go through our days just the same,

many people forgetting to do all for one reason,

for the glory of the one who came to save us.

We run to Him in the moment of need

When we need to come to Him at all times;

Do and say and think everything in Jesus’ name.

So what happened to the times when all was for Jesus?

Is your love for Him only when you need something?

Do you go completely without reserve to Him?

Do you love Jesus with all that you are?

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2011 in Creative Corner

 

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

First, I want to post a part of the Saint Patrick’s Breastplate Prayer for you to read and reflect with.  It may be different from what you know, but it is the one on my holy card.

Christ, be with me,

Christ before me, 

Christ behind me

Christ in me,

Christ beneath me,

Christ above me,

Christ on my right,

Christ on my left,

Christ where I lie,

Christ where I sit,

Christ where I arise,

Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,

Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me.

This is the part that stands out to me the most.  Perhaps it is one that might stand out for many of you as well.  Here is my little reflection on that section of the prayer.

“Christ, be with me.”  Jesus, come to my assistance and never leave me alone in this life.  I find so much of life we are wanting someone to be with us in everything that we do.  Quite often we have no one who we can relate to or have with us on the journey.  Ask for Jesus to come and be with you.  It is so peaceful if you ‘just are’ with Jesus.

“Christ before me.”  Jesus, when I am lost and unsure of where to go, guide me in Your pathways on the path I must follow.  Do you get lost?  I certainly do, and not just lost in the physical sense, but also in the spiritual sense and in your inner being.  There are so many times in life that I lose track of where I am going and I go to Jesus hoping that He will come before me and guide me on my way.

“Christ behind me.”  Jesus, every time that I run from you or turn my back to you, please follow me and stay with me in everything.  Ever catch yourself running from Jesus, from all God wants of you?  Every find yourself hopeless not wanting to see anything of faith?  Pray that Jesus is behind you to catch you when you fall and chase you when you run away from Him.  He will save you.

“Christ in me.”  Jesus I ask you, help me to remember and to act as Your living temple here on earth.  Every time we receive Jesus in the Eucharist, we are giving ourselves to Him to live within us.  How beautiful is that?!  Receive Jesus often.  Not only in the Eucharist, but in your surroundings as well.  He is everywhere, allow Him to enter into you.  As you receive Jesus in you, shine with His love no matter what.

“Christ beneath me.”  Jesus, please hold me up in the times that I want to sink to the ground; keep me up ion my feet.  There are times when we question our faith and that is healthy.  Then there are times when we begin to turn to doubt and become hopeless; that is not healthy.  We must never forget, even when we are trying to, that we can turn to Jesus to grab us and hold us up from falling to the dark side of life.  Jesus is in our footsteps on the ground keeping us from going downward.  Ask often that He keep you afloat.

“Christ above me.”  Watch over me Jesus, as I go about my day; keep me with the goal of heaven in mind but don’t allow me to think too highly of myself.  I find two different meanings in this phrase.  Jesus is wanting to guide us upward towards heaven, and we should always be facing that direction.  At the same time, Jesus is up there keeping us level so that we are not so full of ourselves that we think we are so much better than others.  While it is true in some aspects we may be better than another at something, we should not be high in the clouds over it.  As you go about your day, pray Jesus has your gaze fixed upward on Him with a longing to join Him.

“Christ on my right.”  In all the good things I do, take note of it Jesus; please let me know I am doing good and acknowledge it so I don’t despair.  We all want recognition for something that we have done that is right and good.  Where do you look for that recognition?  When we get it from those around us, it is always uplifting.  What we really need to do, though, is look that Jesus is happy with what we have done because He is the one guiding our goodness here on earth.

“Christ on my left.”  Every time I am tempted to do something that is not good, Jesus be there to stop me and bring me back to peace in You.  So, the right hand is typically associated with good, therefore the left hand associated with bad.  We can deny it, but we all have that bad thing or two that we are tempted to lean for and go to.  Just as Jesus is there to see the good, He is there to try and stop you from doing things you shouldn’t, or forgiving you when you come to Him repentant.  Ask for forgiveness, pray that Jesus keep you from temptation; He knows what it is like.

“Christ where I lie.”  In my sleep, I am vulnerable Jesus; keep me safe as I rest.  In our laying down and sleep, we find ourselves very vulnerable to what ever may try to penetrate our being.  Praying for Christ to be with you where you lie is so important.  Having a crucifix in your room, by your bed, or wherever you are when you sleep is something worth while.  He will protect you as you are resting to do His will.

“Christ where I sit.”  As I sit and contemplate you through prayer and work, keep my focus on You and help me not to be anxious in my waiting.  So many times when we sit, we can get tired and lose track of the point and focus of the prayer or work or game we are playing.  Let us always pray that in all we do while still, it is still for the love of Jesus.

“Christ where I arise.”  As I get up to do Your will, guide me oh Jesus in everything I do.  As I move about everything that I do in every day, I constantly remind myself that it all must be with Jesus in mind.  He is the one who gives me the strength to rise up and do His will.

“Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me.”  When I share my heart, let it be filled with Your love Jesus.  Our heart should be so conformed to His that when are heart meets the hearts of others, Jesus’ love enters into their heart and therefore their minds. 

“Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me.”  When other speak of me Jesus, let it be that You are in the words they say of me.  Every time that you speak, others should speak of you as if you have Jesus in your life, which you do.  They should be caught in His love in which even more would hear when they speak of me within the realm of His love..

“Christ in every eye that sees me.”  As I move about my day, Jesus I pray that all my actions are a reflection of You and Your love.  Many say actions speak louder than words.  If this is true, all that others see of me should surpass the greatness of the love of my words so that they may be drawn to see what I am doing.  Your love must radiate from the way that I act.  Many people can read body language better than words.  Pray that others see Jesus in you.

“Christ in every ear that hears me.”  When I speak my words, let they be like Your words Jesus.  As others are hearing me in everything I am for Jesus, they should be able to hear Him speaking from me.  Are people hearing Jesus in what you say?  Pray that Jesus speaks through you for others to hear.

These are my reflections, take them as they are and for whatever they may be worth to you.  Have any reflections of your own?  Please feel free to share them here with all of us!  Peace.

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2011 in Inner Reflection

 

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You Alone Are Holy

Jesus’ love…we need to focus on that.  Put everything in His and the Father’s care.  The Holy Spirit will be there with us in it all.  Why is this so hard for us to do?  If only we would give absolutely everything up to Him, then we could be set free.

Lord, you alone are holy.  Guide and protect us always.  Thank you for loving us.

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2011 in Inspirational Music

 

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Stand Out Reflections

I just want to share with you a couple of the things that caught my attention in the recent days.

“What I do, I do not understand.  For I do not do what I want, but I do what I hate.  For I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil I do not want.”  Romans 7:15, 19

“Submit to God; resist the devil and he will take flight.”  James 4:7

They are two verses/passages that I have come across that have stuck out for me.  As I read back over the Lectio Divina meditation that we did, I try to make any connections that may be.  We had to write in conversation with Jesus.  It started with writing his words to us then us responding.  I kind of kept going a little.  Maybe these verses will relate and prove some further point.  Who knows at this point what that is besides God.  I just had to share.

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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