Posted by: livingscripture | July 2, 2011

IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY

From the Word of the Day 

I rejoice heartily in the Lord…As the earth brings forth its plants, and a garden makes its growth spring up, so will the Lord God make justice and praise spring up before all the nations

                               Isaiah 61: 10-11                                                              

How should we live this Word

This cry of joy applied to Mary by today’s Liturgy is extremely beautiful and radiates to the whole of humanity!  The thought is directed primarily to the Virgin whom God clothed in the garments of salvation and wrapped in a mantle of justice, thus rendering her immaculate from the moment of her conception so she could accomplish the great deed of divine maternity.  Yet, this deals with a gift whose fruit would be poured out on every human being. 

Humanity was made sterile by its closure to God.  Now it sees a sprout budding forth that would guarantee new fronds, flowers, and fruit as the prophets had foretold. Mary’s virgin womb would guard the secret seed.  In her, the first fruit of redemption, justice and praise would be effused on the whole earth.  It began with her ‘yes’ at the Annunciation given in continuity with that of the Word and erupts naturally in the Magnificat.

This justice and praise still need available hearts to fructify for everyone’s advantage.  In fact, redemption has already been realized byJesus but it must reach completeness in each of us. Mary is our model and encouragement in this.  Precisely because it seems that sin has overcome, it is not only possible but also indispensable thatJesus’ followers offer their heart as the fertile ground for justice and praise to bud forth.                                                 

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will dwell on these words and ask the Lord to make my heart available to Him.

Lord, return to sow the seeds of justice and praise in your faithful ones as in Mary’s Immaculate Heart, so that redemption may produce abundant fruit.

The voice of Cardinal A. A. Ballestrero, Witness

Mary’s Heart leads us to Christ and introduces us to the Lord.


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