Thursday, January 14, 2016

Mary TV Daily Reflection 1/14/2016

Hinterglasbild "Jesus", Sandl, 19. Jh.
Hinterglasbild "Jesus", Sandl, 19. Jh. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2015
January 14, 2016
Dear Family of Mary!
December 25, 2015
"Dear children! Also today I am carrying my Son Jesus to you and from this embrace I am giving you His peace and a longing for Heaven. I am praying with you for peace and am calling you to be peace. I am blessing all of you with my motherly blessing of peace. Thank you for having responded to my call."
Our Lady tells us that in bringing her Son Jesus as a baby to us, she brings us Jesus' peace. We know that Jesus is our peace. He is our reconciliation with the Father. There is no stronger peace than to be reunited with our Father in heaven. All the wars and divisions, betrayals and murders, all the hatred and unrest that have afflicted the world came from Adam and Eve's disunity with the Father. They disobeyed Him, and chose to put themselves in the first place. Peace was lost from that moment on. But Jesus has created the way back into the peace of unity with the Father through His death and resurrection. He has made peace possible.
But let's think about the peace that Baby Jesus can bring to us. It is first of all the peace of our redemption, that is for sure. But there is also a peace that is communicated through His being a baby! The peace that is communicated through His little eyes, filled with wonder and trust, acceptance and openness. This is the peace that draws you into contemplation. It is the gaze of a little child.
This gaze only exists in the moment, when your eyes lock with His. Time ceases. There is only the gaze. And in that moment, we experience something of the eternal. It is true! For a baby has not yet built up many memories. He doesn't yet have a history to condition him in his response to you. And he also does not yet understand the future. He doesn't know that time exists. Everything for him is now. And in the now is everything!
Ann Voskamp is quoted in the Magnificat (January 12, 2016). She writes about this reality of "now", where the past is forgotten and the future is disregarded, and everything is in the moment. She writes:
It's strange how the mind works. The mind would rather fret about the future or pine over the past - so the mind can cling to its own illusion of control. But the current moment? It cannot be controlled. And what a mind can't control, it tends to discount. Brush past...over.
It's the battle plan of the enemy of the soul - to keep us blind to this current moment, the one we can't control, to keep us blind to him, the One who controls everything.
It is true! When we immerse our minds in the past or the future we are completely out of touch with the moment we are in, and we miss so much. We miss the gift of our life. We miss all that God has created for us. And we miss the presence of God, Himself. Because we can only experience Him in the present. He is not in the past or the future, but He is here now with us. And that is what a baby brings to us. The present. They plunge us into the present, and that is when we can come into contact with the Lord of all the universe. In this present moment!

Ann continues:
There is that: What if instead of discounting the current moment, the uncontrollable, the simply given - what if I counted it - and on the God who controls it all? What if all our running around is only our trying to run away from God - the great I AM, present in the present moment?
What if I woke to now and refused to hurry because I didn't want to refuse God? What if I didn't discount this moment but counted it for what it is - God here?
It is only the present moment alone that holds the possibility of coming into the presence of God. Look around, breathe deep, enter into one moment. Now could be an altar. This time could be a tabernacle. In God, there is not time, only eternity - or more simply, only now. His name is I AM. Here - wherever my feet are - is where I can love him. (Ann Voskamp, "One Thousand Gifts")
I believe that this gift of experiencing God in the present, of letting go control, and letting ourselves be with God, is done most easily with Baby Jesus! I think He has come to our Rosary to help us to enter into prayer in that very way, by letting go of our past and our future, and "being" with Him in prayer. In that "now" moment of Baby Jesus we will discover true peace, the peace of unity with God.
This year, 2016, could be something really special!!!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
Mary TV 2016

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