A reflection on Mary, our Blessed Lady.

Mary, a woman who focused on the things of Heaven

Our Blessed Lady while in this world always prayed. Images handed down from Sacred Tradition show her deep in prayer meditating on the word of God. From an early age Mary pondered the things of Heaven. Her mind was fixed on God alone.

Mary the all-holy ever-virgin Mother of God, is the master work of the mission of the Son and the Spirit in the fulness of time. The Holy Spirit prepared Mary by his grace. In Mary, the Holy Spirit fulfills the plan of the Father's loving goodness and in Mary the Holy Spirit manifests the Son of the Father, now become the son of the Virgin.
Filled with the Holy Spirit Our Blessed Lady, Mary, makes the Word visible in the humility of his flesh. Through Mary, the HolySpirit begins to bring men, the objects of God's merciful love, into communion with Christ. Cf.(CCC721 - 725).

Mary's prayer is revealed to us at the dawning of the fullness of time. Before the incarnation of the Son of God, and before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, her prayer co-operates in a unique way with the Father's plan of loving kindness. Cf. (CCC 2617).

If one looks at the life of Mary in the mysteries of the Holy Rosary one will see that at every moment Mary's gaze and focus was fixed on her Son Jesus Christ. At the Annunciation Mary was open to the things of Heaven and to doing the will of God. In the visitation to her cousin Elizabeth it was not Mary or Elizabeth who were the center of attention. It was her unborn child "The Christ" whom they both spoke about and all praise was given to God the Father in Heaven. In the third joyful mystery, the Birth of Christ, Mary in all humility fades into the background and all eyes are focused on the new born babe who has come down from Heaven. Visitors come to pay homage and to worship the Son of God made man. In the presentation of the Child Jesus again all Mary's focus is on doing the will of God, the things of Heaven. When Jesus is lost Mary and Joseph spend three days searching for Him once again Heaven is the centre of their attention.

In the mysteries of Light, at the Wedding Feast at Cana, Mary reaches out to her Son Jesus Christ in faith. When the wine runs out Mary does not look to man to solve the problem but looks to one who came down from Heaven her Son Jesus Christ.

In the Sorowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary probably the most pictured moment in history is the image of Our Blessed Lady gazing at her Son Jesus on the cross. At a moment in time when all the world's anger is unleashed on her beloved Son Jesus Christ and he hangs on a cross waiting to die, Mary stands by and gazes upon Heaven. Her attention is clearly on her Son and not on what humanity has done to him. At no point does Mary lash out in anger, she keeps her focus centred on her Son Jesus Christ and the will of God the Father in Heaven.

In the glorious mysteries, the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles shows Mary waiting patiently for God's Spirit to descend upon her and as a reward for her faithfulness to God in the final two Glorious mysteries, Mary is assumed into Heaven and crowned Queen. Cf. (CCC 2617, 2618) The prayers of the Virgin Mary, in her Fiat and Magnificat, are characterized by the generous offering of her whole being in faith. Cf. (CCC2622).

Let us learn from the example of Mary. Like Mary, may we too seek the things of Heaven. The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for. The dignity of man rests above all on the fact that he is called to communion with God. Man cannot live fully according to truth unless he freely acknowledges that love and entrusts himself to his creator. Cf. (CCC 27). Mary knew and understood these truths and that is why she was able to continually focus on the things of Heaven even in the most difficult of times and situations.

Our Lady of tears, help us to focus on the things of Heaven and to forget all earthly things that pull us away from God. Amen.