Well I have had a few political debates and it seems that some believe that some of my ways are just not Christian So with that said, I especially tonight want to ask Mary for guidance towards the truth of Jesus. Pride can still consume me, yet my goal is to not win a debate to be right, but in the end I hope both parties are closer to the Truth of Jesus. Tensions are High right now, and so may we all pray for peace and understanding.
So I missed yesterday’s reflections but for me they can be summed by discussing contract verse’s covenant. Do we see our relationship with Mary, With Jesus, with our Spouse as a contract or a covenant for there is a huge difference. Contract is an exchange of goods or services, where Covenant is an exchange of Persons. In a covenant, a complete giving of oneself to another is involved, and with it comes an unbreakable bond that entails rights and obligation. As mother Teresa pointed out, this is something to take very seriously. Some questions I pondered, Do I take my Faith Seriously, Do I take my Relationship with Mary, With Jesus Seriously, or does other things take precedence. With this question, comes a flashback to a conversation I was having with Jesus, many years ago, and something that He put on my heart that really changed me and hit me hard. “Wade you never miss a KSU football Game on Saturday, A KC Chiefs football game on Sunday, and you never miss any of your sporting events, yet you miss church on Sunday regularly.” This was a harsh reality at the time, that I didn’t take my Faith seriously and Jesus was just there when I needed him. Day 20’s readings have challenged me again.
Day 21 When I read Be the one, so many things popped into my mind. Coaches telling me to be the one, me as a dad saying be the one to my kids, me as a teacher/coach telling kids to be the one, telling those at music ministry events that I am here with hopes that I can help just one person through a hard time. Yet Mother Teresa challenges us/me with this Be the one statement, in the fact that we should all Tell Jesus, “I will be the one” I will comfort, encourage, and I will Love Him. St Teresa goes into much more depth and states that we need Mary “to Help us understand the thirst of Jesus for she is the one that consoles him best”. “To console Jesus in others is to respond to their sufferings, especially to that deepest, most universal suffering, a thirst for love.” Her teachings are amazing, and what I love is that the retreat is reminding us that “Everyone thirsts: rich and poor , young and old, believer and unbeliever. Everyone has a restless heart for God, for man is a restless thirst. ” So the challenge that Mary has left me tonight, is am I willing to help quench the thirst of those that don’t believe, that mock Jesus, that mock Mary, and those that use Jesus? If I am not willing to quench the thirst of these, then I am not willing to quench my own thirst, for I too have been in their shoes. (who knows I may be in their shoes right now)
Mary most Holy, Pray for us!