January 18, 2023
Dear Family of Mary!
The Gospel for today is so frustrating. How could the Pharisees be so blind? So clueless? Jesus did a miracle for the man with the withered hand. But they couldn’t see it:
“Jesus entered the synagogue. There was a man there who had a withered hand. They watched Jesus closely to see if he would cure him on the sabbath so that they might accuse him. He said to the man with the withered hand, “Come up here before us.” Then he said to the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?” But they remained silent. Looking around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart, Jesus said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel with the Herodians against him to put him to death.” Mark 3:1-6
Jesus was stealing their thunder. And they wanted to hang on to their power and prestige at any cost. It is easy to get mad at the Pharisees. But we all need to watch out for this kind of blindness. Not seeing the good that others do. And not doing the good that we could be doing, which is even worse! Our Lady calls us to “do good!” Do the good for others. Be part of the solution in this world of troubles. It isn’t complicated. Just do good!
Here are five more messages for the rosary! Our Lady’s words are such a help for us in our lives of faith!! We can learn to love and to do the good!
November 25, 1995 “Dear Children! Today I invite you that each of you begin again to love, in the first place, God who saved and redeemed each of you, and then brothers and sisters in your proximity. Without love, little children, you cannot grow in holiness and cannot do good deeds. Therefore, little children, pray without ceasing that God reveals His love to you. I have invited all of you to unite yourselves with me and to love. Today I am with you and invite you to discover love in your hearts and in the families. For God to live in your hearts, you must love. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
November 25, 1996 “Dear children! Today, again, I invite you to pray, so that through prayer, fasting and small sacrifices you may prepare yourselves for the coming of Jesus. May this time, little children, be a time of grace for you. Use every moment and do good, for only in this way will you feel the birth of Jesus in your hearts. If with your life you give an example and become a sign of God’s love, joy will prevail in the hearts of men. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
April 25, 2008 “Dear children! Also today, I call all of you to grow in God’s love as a flower which feels the warm rays of spring. In this way, also you, little children, grow in God’s love and carry it to all those who are far from God. Seek God’s will and do good to those whom God has put on your way, and be light and joy. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
September 25, 2022 “Dear children! Pray that the Holy Spirit may enlighten you that you be joyful seekers of God and witnesses of love without bounds. I am with you, little children, and, anew, I am calling all of you: take courage and bear witness to the good works that God is doing in and through you. Be joyful in God. Do good to your neighbor so that it will be good for you on earth and pray for peace, which is threatened because Satan wants war and peacelessness. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
March 18, 2001 “Dear children! Today I call you to love and mercy. Give love to each other as your Father gives it to you. Be merciful (pause) – with the heart… Do good works, not permitting them to wait for you too long. Every mercy that comes from the heart brings you closer to my Son.”
May we do good works, not permitting them to wait for us too long! Such a wonderful mother we have!!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
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