The Universal Call

Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. ~ Leviticus 19:2

The Catholic Church calls all of us to Universal Holiness!  In the Vatican II document, Lumen Gentium , it states,

“We must follow in the footsteps of Christ and conform ourselves to his image seeking the will of the Father in all things.  We must devote ourselves to the Glory of God and the service of neighbor.”

In order for the graces of the Holy Spirit to work within me for the Glory of God and the love of neighbor I must have a proper disposition to approaching God which means I must “die to self”.  At the river Jordan, John the Baptist says in John 3:30,

  He must increase, but I must decrease

 

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Behold your Mother

“When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son!’. Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother!’” (Jn19:26-27)

All of Jesus’ words have a depth of meaning far beyond the simple context, but only considering the effort it must have taken him5704242335_2f01fcec48_b to speak, amidst so much suffering, his last words must have had profound meaning.

When I think of Mary, I can imagine how gracious she must have been. There must have been so many who sought her out, for advice, for comfort,  for counsel, for wisdom, and guidance, or just to be near this beautiful woman who radiated love. I mean who else besides Joseph spent as much time with Jesus, learning the secrets of Love from the source Himself? She must have been that relative, friend and confidante that everyone wanted to be close to. She was always thinking of others. (Remember the wedding at Cana, and her visit to Elizabeth?) I can imagine how she would greet visitors with a smile, kind words, something to eat or drink, and of course patience, even if she was interrupted from her daily tasks. In short, I imagine she treated everyone like family, ready to serve or help. She was simply present for them with love.

“…Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother!”

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