Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today’s Gospel is so appropriate as we near the end of these 12 preliminary days of preparation for Total Consecration, and also for this First Saturday of March. Jesus tells us (as He told His first disciples):
…“Let the children come to me; do not prevent them,
for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Amen, I say to you,
whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child
will not enter it.”…( Mk 10: 13 - 16)
Children depend upon their parents, and we must never forget that God is our Father and Mary has been given to us as our Mother. The ‘spirit of the world’ is opposed to the ‘Spirit of Jesus’, Whom the Father gave to us in love, through Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit. God willed His Son, the Word Made Flesh to be born of a human Mother in a stable! Those who love the world do not love humility nor choose to be Meek and Humble as Jesus.
Those who love the world and the things of the world, depend on themselves and not on God, They love self to the contempt of God. The Holy Family of Jesus Mary and Joseph show us how we need to love God to the contempt of our self; how we need to empty ourselves of whatever in us is “of the world” and opposed to the Spirit of Jesus.
We cannot serve two masters. As we grow in our natural life we often want to be independent of our parents, that is natural in regard to our human parents, but even in the natural family the ‘spirit of the world’ remains “childish” and shows much selfishness in wanting only what the “self” wants. The true Child of God, like Jesus and Mary at every stage of their lives is seeking to reverence God the Father. Jesus always did the Father’s Will as did Mary. Mary was not Divine in Nature but she learned from Jesus by listening to Him and seeing all He did – keeping and pondering all in her heart. Mary is Mother and Model for the Church. She is our human Model of being “childlike”. In Mary’s “yes” at the Annunciation, and throughout her life, unto Calvary and until she was assumed into heaven, we see Mary “accept the Kingdom of God like a child”. As St. Therese so wisely put it: “Everything is Grace”.
Come Holy Spirit, enable us by Sanctifying Grace to continue to grow in Supernatural Faith, Hope and above all Charity, we received at Baptism. Help us to say our “yes” with Jesus to the Father, as Mary did. Mary, our Mother, on this First Saturday, may we offer our love in reparation to you for our sins and for the sins of all your Children. Intercede for us with Jesus before our Father in heaven.