With Faith Everything has Purpose
When I arrived back home, I decided to unwind by perusing Facebook (FB) and sending out some FB birthday love. My usual method of posting FB Birthday Wishes, posting a fun bitmoji, does not usually entail me actually visiting my friend’s wall. However, yesterday, by the stroke of one ‘wrong’ key, I landed on the FB wall of a long-time friend, and saw the following post made way back in 2009.
So much about this post is remarkable. First, I had completely forgotten I’d even written anything of the sort, but was immediately struck by the title, Mary: Model of Faith and Fidelity. Noting this was written long before I saw my first Fidelity TruckOR developed my current presentation (also offered as retreat day) Mary, Model of Faith. Yep the whole thing is just one Crazy Godcidence — hence I had to share!
Mary: Model of Faith and Fidelity
Mary personally welcomes and receives Jesus into her life, and we are called to do the same. To acknowledge all that he is – fully human and fully divine. Jesus humbled himself to be born man – so that we can see that he understands our struggles, our pains, our desires and fears. He walked among us in human flesh, completely able to sin, but choosing not to, the ultimate example of fidelity to God, and his Will in our lives. Accepting and receiving Jesus as our Lord and Savior, the one that took on our sins – each and every one of them. Allowing ourselves to embrace the great truth (and gift) that he suffered, died, and rose – so that we also may one day RISE with him!
The Workings of the Holy Spirit
Sr. Nancy Keller, at the 2009 Boston Catholic Women’s conference, told this wonderful story of the transforming power of allowing the Holy Spirit to move in our lives. Sr. Nancy shared with us a vision of herself as a bird sitting in a cage (inspired by Psalm 124:7). The door had been completely moved from the cage, Jesus had removed it through his Paschal Mystery, but yet the bird stayed perched in its confines. Jesus called to her urging her to come forth, for He had set her free. She wanted to, her heart burned to be free, but she was afraid, and replied to Jesus that she could not move, she didn’t have the strength. Jesus gently spoke to her soul, assuring her that he knew she could not fly on her own, and that is why he sent his the spirit – God’s Holy Spirit – the one that if we cooperate with, is the wind beneath our wings.
Our soul has escaped as a bird out of the snare of the trapper; The snare is broken and we have escaped.
~ Psalm 124:7 (NASB)
Embracing the Word of God
May Mary’s fiat – her YES to God — be a true model to each of us. Let us respond with a resounding YES, welcoming and receiving Christ daily, being open to the movement of the Spirit in our lives, and embracing and sharing the precious Word of God. May it be done to me according to your word (Luke 1:38).