Listen, Learn, and Love


How often have we heard that hindsight is 20/20? In other words, it’s easy to know the right thing to do after something has happened, but it’s hard to predict the future. Have no worries. Mary our Blessed Mother and her Son Jesus Christ our Savior show us three simple ways to help us know what is right and to be secure in our future.


“Do whatever he tells you” was Mary’s guidance to the servants at the Wedding Feast of Cana after she said to Jesus, “They have no wine” [John 2:3, 5]. For Christ’s first miracle to occur—changing water into wine—the servants had to listen and follow His instructions. For our lives to change for the better, we too need to listen to our Lord and follow His way. Jesus is the Word made flesh; He is God’s love made manifest. When we listen to the Word of God, we open ourselves to the love of God which stays with us in our joys, works, and especially in our sorrows.


Mary was filled with the Holy Spirit. As she pondered the events of her life and of her Son’s in her heart, the Holy Spirit guided Mary in her thoughts and prayers, and Mary followed the promptings of the Holy Spirit throughout her entire life. We are called to do the same. “The Advocate, the holy Spirit…will teach you everything and remind you of all that [I] told you,” said Jesus [John 14:26]. If we are willing to learn—to be open to the Holy Spirit’s promptings—we gain wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, and knowledge to help us avoid temptations that separate us from God’s love.


Forever united with our Lord, Mary’s life was one with faith, hope, and love—especially love, which she shared and continues to share through her obedience of faith, giving hope to all those in search of salvation. To have and to share the love of God, we too are given the way. “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love,” said Jesus [John 15:9–10]. “This is my commandment: love one another as I love you” [John 15:12]. As we see in the lives of Mary and Jesus, God’s love lasts forever. May we share this love through our lives and all of our endeavors.

Be Resolved to Live As God Wants Us to Live

What a glorious incentive this is to follow the way, the truth, and the life of our Lord as we embark on a new decade! Therefore, let us use each day to listen to God’s Word a little more than we did the day before; let us learn a little more each day by the power of the Holy Spirit than we did the day before; and let us commit to acts of charity more than we did before. With Mary by our side, each day our unity with the Holy Trinity will be stronger than it was before, and we will find ourselves rejoicing more than we did before. Amen!

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