I am not sure why, but from a young age I was blessed with the understanding that I should make my time spent doing things count. In school I was never one to goof around while studying. I never understood this attitude and I always figured that if I was sitting here looking at the book I might as well actually learn the material. Whenever I went to an exercise class or practiced a sport I had the same thought and I gave it my all during practice without complaint.
I don’t think I have lost this blessing. I still want to make my time spent doing things count, but now as an adult I am starting to see that I need to worry more about where I am spending my time that counts.
The more I read about Our Blessed Mother, the more I am starting to see my reading as a self indulgence and an excuse to learn more about her rather than really getting to know her.
I am starting to see that I must exchange my reading for prayer and I am feeling a sense of urgency. I am not sure why this sense of urgency has come over me, but it is here and I must jump in.
My friends, please pray for me as I begin to pray. I pray that this is not an empty resolution or a good intention that I will not keep. Instead I pray to make my time in prayer count as I have done in so many other activities throughout my life. Please join me in prayer and remember me in your prayers.
I told you a few weeks ago about my newly found love for Mary. I have been thinking about her a lot and wanting to know her more and know her story.
Tonight as I was conquering the mountain of laundry that has piled up since school let out for summer, I decided to watch the first part of a movie that has been sitting in my queue for a while, Mary of Nazareth.
First of all, let me tell you that I love it and I will be watching the second part very soon.
While watching it I realized that maybe we can know more of her story through His stories, by looking deeper into the parables of The Gospel, and then imagining how these parables might translate into her life, her childhood, her memories and her thoughts that she shared with her sweet and blessed son, Jesus.
Imagine for a moment Mary’s wedding celebration. I had never done this before, but it was vividly depicted in this movie. Her parents prepared a feast to celebrate their daughter’s wedding, but no guests came. Their neighbors looked on with disgusted judgement refusing to attend while Mary, Joseph and her parents sat alone.
Now imagine what might have happened next.
What if Mary stood up, reached for Joseph’s hand and together they walked through the village inviting everyone they found to join them in celebration?
Does this sound familiar? Check out Matthew 22 and Luke 14:15-24.
Maybe some of her story is buried deep His parables. Maybe we just have to read The Gospels again from yet another perspective to find her story.
I think it is time to start digging deep again my friends!