History will be truth!
December 21, 2020
Christmas Novena, Day 7
St Peter Canisius
Dear Family of Mary!
Day 7 of our Novena before Christmas! And here is the sentence from Our Lady’s message for us today:
“By reading the Sacred Scripture you will discover Jesus’ birth and joy, as in the first days which Medjugorje gave to humanity. History will be truth which, also today, is being repeated in you and around you…” (11/25/2020)
I included the 6th line with the 7th. The meaning of our sentence today depends on it. Sacred Scripture contains our history, seen through spiritual eyes. Though the Old Testament tells the story of the Chosen People, it also contains the spiritual history of each one of us. No one can read the story of Cain and Abel and not see in it the truth about sibling rivalry and our difficult family relationships. And again, no one can read about Joseph being sold into slavery by his brothers and not feel the sting of envy and the ruin of power struggles in our own families or communities. Or take King David’s adultery with Bathsheba, or King Ahab’s coveting of his neighbor’s vineyard, or Harrod’s adultery with his brother’s wife, and on and on. The Bible contains the true history of us all.
And there are also so many good examples of holy and courageous lives in the Bible, from Noah to Abraham, to Jacob, to Job, to Elijah, to Esther and Judith and so many more. These holy ones also are the truth, that God can raise up holy people in every age to serve Him.
What we learn in the Scriptures tells us about ourselves, our own times, the trials and temptations, the victories, and failures of us all. Truth shines in that history, especially because we see not only the choices for good or evil that are made, but the consequences of those choices. And we learn what is the will of God, what is holy and good.
“History will be truth which, also today, is being repeated in you and around you…”
It is vital that we understand what history is being repeated in each of our lives. For good or ill, we contend with the same trials and temptations and have to choose between good and evil, daily. In fact, our only sphere of influence actually is our own life. We have to work on ourselves, as Our Lady says. We have to make our history a good one.
If we are good historians, we look for the truth. Without the Sacred Scriptures we will not have the moral compass necessary to discern the truth in our personal history, and in the history of our family, our country or the world. That truth is not just facts, but the facts seen in the light of God.
So, as we contemplate the Birth of Jesus, let’s pray that He will show us the truth about His birth! We want to know every little detail about Jesus, so that we will see God in all His providence, saving us from our sins, and righting all the sordid history of the past. Come, Lord Jesus, and save us from our sins. Save us from our past lives. And make us part of Your History of Salvation!
Now let us pray:
Dearest Baby Jesus. I love You. I can’t take our eyes off of You. I long for You. And I pray to You, please come and be born in my heart today. And I say to You: I give you permission to be born in my heart right now, today. I give you permission to use my poor stable of a heart as your birthplace. I open the doors of my stable/heart, and I say to You, come! Come with Your Mother, Mary, and with Your foster father, Joseph, and find in my heart, a place to rest and be born. I welcome You with wonder and awe. And I love You with all of my strength. Come and take over my stable of a heart. It is Yours forever. Amen.
In Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!
©Mary TV 2020
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