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A Devotional : Light of Life

June 11, AD2017 1 Comment

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“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled,”

 [Luke 1:45].

We all know the pleasure of being outdoors on a beautiful day under a big blue sky with the warmth and light of the sun on our faces. A feeling of peace and serenity comes over us and we want to hold onto that feeling for as long as possible. We can hold onto that feeling when we do the work of our Lord. As His disciples, we can brighten and give warmth to our world with rays of faith, hope, and charity. Our work is not easy, especially when the news events of the day seem to be all bad. However, that is when the need is greatest.

Without the sunshine, our world would be a very cold and dark place. When a seed is buried in the ground, it requires the sun and the rain to bring it to life for everyone to see. And so it is with us — we need the Lord to shine upon us and replenish us with His living waters so we can live as God wants us to live, otherwise, we remain buried in the cold darkness of sin.

Mary our Blessed Mother

When we put our full faith and trust in God, we are given the grace—the light— to see our world as our Lord sees it—with love and mercy in our hearts. Truly, Mary our Blessed Mother is our beautiful role model. During her earthly life, Mary met everyone and every challenge with compassion, mercy, patience and most of all, with God’s love in her heart. Mary’s heart never hardened because of her faith in God.

“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled,” said Elizabeth to Mary at the Visitation [Luke 1:45].

Jesus shone through Mary during the visitation because Mary believed in the Word of God and said yes to His calling. We are called to do the same.

Light of Life

Once faith takes hold of us, by the power of the Holy Spirit, the Son of God can shine through us, and we can grow and blossom into being Christ-like in our daily living. Good works replace sinful acts, selflessness overcomes selfishness, and hope is given to the hopeless. Like Mary, we can bring joy into our world when we say yes to God’s call and allow Jesus to live within us and through us each and every day, even in our darkest days. Yes, our faith will be tested, but our Lord will reinforce our faith with His love and mercy so that we can live life as it is meant to be lived—with the peace and serenity of knowing our lives are in good hands—in God’s hands. In turn, we too can be a source of light and warmth for those of us still struggling in the dark. May the Light of Life shine upon us and through us in all the days of our lives.

by Carol Monaco

Carol is the writer and editor of “Journey to Our Lady”, a spiritual publication that helps readers develop a closer relationship with our Blessed Mother. She is also the author of “Heavenly Mother, Help Me” — a companion for individuals trying to live their faith every day.  www.journeytoourlady.com.

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