PRESENCE OF MARY IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
Mary knew very well what it was to live only by faith, trusting in a promise. Her son, Jesus did not have an extraordinary life: lived with her about 30 years, not married, nor did he give her grandchildren. Later he left Nazareth and went from village to village preaching the Kingdom of God. Jesus did not have his own home or permanent work. Mary understood nothing… where were the promises of the Annunciation? And, later, recalling the words of the Angel how would she experience the fact of her son dying on the cross? What a pain and loneliness she would feel!
As a believing woman, she trusted in the midst of uncertainty and pain. She continued to say to God “Let it be”. And, as a mother, she kept in her heart each fragment of the life of Jesus, each one of his words … and all irradiated light with the Resurrection. From the Annunciation to Easter, Mary’s life was total dedication and abandonment to God, with joyful hope, courage and commitment. That is why she is called “full moon”, “dawn”, “sun”…
When we feel we are lost, alone, frightened, when fear invades us to the extent of allowing us not to see anything else, when insecurity and doubt lord over us, the presence of our Mother comforts us.
Mary comes with her light for brightening our lives so that we might see with greater clarity, so that we are able to accept with serenity any situation or problem. She knows about hope, she has the heart of a mother and is moved on seeing us suffer, and also rejoices with our joys. She just asks one thing: “Do whatever he tells you”.
Do I turn to Mary in my difficult moments? What attitude of Mary helps me to live better my own experience of faith?