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Jesus and His Beloved Mother

Monday of the Second Week in Lent

Reading 1 Dn 9:4b-10

"Lord, great and awesome God,
you who keep your merciful covenant toward those who love you
and observe your commandments!
We have sinned, been wicked and done evil;
we have rebelled and departed from your commandments and your laws.
We have not obeyed your servants the prophets,
who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes,
our fathers, and all the people of the land.
Justice, O Lord, is on your side;
we are shamefaced even to this day:
we, the men of Judah, the residents of Jerusalem,
and all Israel, near and far,
in all the countries to which you have scattered them
because of their treachery toward you.
O LORD, we are shamefaced, like our kings, our princes, and our fathers,
for having sinned against you.
But yours, O Lord, our God, are compassion and forgiveness!
Yet we rebelled against you
and paid no heed to your command, O LORD, our God,
to live by the law you gave us through your servants the prophets."

Responsorial Psalm Ps 79:8, 9, 11 and 13

R. (see 103:10a) Lord, do not deal with us according to our sins.
Remember not against us the iniquities of the past;
may your compassion quickly come to us,
for we are brought very low.
R. Lord, do not deal with us according to our sins.
Help us, O God our savior,
because of the glory of your name;
Deliver us and pardon our sins
for your name's sake.
R. Lord, do not deal with us according to our sins.
Let the prisoners' sighing come before you;
with your great power free those doomed to death.
Then we, your people and the sheep of your pasture,
will give thanks to you forever;
through all generations we will declare your praise.
R. Lord, do not deal with us according to our sins.

Verse Before the Gospel See Jn 6:63c, 68c

Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life;
you have the words of everlasting life.

Gospel Lk 6:36-38

Jesus said to his disciples:
"Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

"Stop judging and you will not be judged.
Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.
Forgive and you will be forgiven.
Give and gifts will be given to you;
a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing,
will be poured into your lap.
For the measure with which you measure
will in return be measured out to you."


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The Blessed Virgin Mary is the disciple of Jesus par excellence. As the Mother of Jesus, she was closer to Him than any other human being. She knew, more than anyone, the significance of Jesus’ words:

“Give and gifts will be given to you: a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap.”

Can you hear Jesus saying these words to His mother?

Mary, your yes to the Father gave Me life.

You nourished My body.

You gave Me a home.

Thank you.

And Mary ponders in her heart the gifts she has received.

Jesus reminds her . . . .

You received me into your life.

You received Saint Joseph’s guidance, a good measure of miles traveled together.

You received the curious shepherds packed together in the stable.

You received the gold, frankincense, and myrrh shaken down from the long journey of the Magi.

You received the the glory of My hour when the wine was overflowing at the wedding at Cana.

And after I gave My life on the cross, you received My body, poured into your lap.

Can you hear Mary remembering these words of Jesus as she holds His dead body?

Mary, remember to give and gifts will be given to you: a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap.

Beaten. Bloody. Bruised. Rigid. Cold. Lifeless.

Her Son. Her Savior. Her Love.

And Mary prays with the Psalmist, I will give thanks to you forever.

Like the star over the stable in Bethlehem, a peaceful star of hope must have shone deep in the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the darkness of that painful moment at the foot of the cross. But as Jesus promised: give and gifts will be given.

A good measure of three days in the tomb.

Disciples packed together in the upper room, waiting.

Thomas’ doubts shaken down as he placed his hands in Jesus’ wounds.

Joy overflowing with the Good News of the Resurrection.

Blood and water from the pierced Heart of Jesus, poured out to save you and me.

Today, what will you give?

Today, what gifts will be given?

Be generous. Be attentive to the gifts the Father pours into your lap. Keep receiving His goodness, sisters!

Rose Coleman is a contemplative in action who delights in all things beautiful. Her adventurous heart has traveled many places—from circumnavigating the globe on a ship during college to some years in the convent as a religious sister. Exuberant from her childhood, she is an elementary school teacher who learns so much from her students. You can find out more about her here.

3 Comments

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    Mary
    March 13, 2017 at 7:16 am

    I had chills as I read this devotion. I see the Holy Spirit working through you while you wrote this. What insight!
    Thank you for this beautiful devotion!

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    Cristan
    March 13, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Thank you for such a beautiful devotion. I am filled with gratefulness and beauty, I cannot express how much I admire and love Mary….

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    Cassandra
    March 13, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    This reflection is flawlessly beautiful and inspiring! What a gift of the Holy Spirit through a very talented writer. Thank you!

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