9 Day Reflections in Preparation for the feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 30- September 08,2010)
Mary is the Queen of the home. As the woman of faith, she inspires all mothers to transmit the Christian faith to their children. In the setting of a family love, children should learn free and loving obedience, inspired by Mary’s obedience to God.
Mary’s example of concern for others, as shown at the wedding at Cana , will exercise its gentle influence. “He went down with them and was obedient to them progressed steadily in wisdom and age and grace before Godand human being” (Lk. 2:51-52)
This obedience of Jesus is emphasized throughout the new testament at Nazareth throughout his ministry in which he sought only to do his father’s will, even unto death. The gospel makes clear also Mary’s obedience to the law and to the traditional prayer life of her people. This is evident, for example, in her annual trip to Jerusalem for the passover. Faithful to the law of Moses, the holy couple brought Jesus to the temple, his father’s house, for the presentation. Such obedience was the flower of Mary’s faith. Because of it God found her worthy to be the mother of his Son.
In her appearance the public life, Mary showed the same generous response to the will of the father made manifest in her son. At the marriage feast of Cana, after her son’s mysterious reference to the “hour not yet com” Mary’s reaction was to advise the waiters, “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn. 2:5)
“Family love builds in the fourth commandment and in Jesus Mary and Joseph, parents and children have powerful example of obedience to the will of God.
Novena Prayer Day 9
O God in the virgin Mary you prepared a worth mother for your son and a noble dwelling of your holy spirit. Through her intercession grant that we may also be the may living temple of your glory. Through Christ our Lord Amen.