February 21, 2013 - To Jesus through Mary

In the first reading today, Queen Esther intercedes to God for her people, the chosen people who are in exile and who are in danger of being exterminated.  She prays with deep desire and surrender: “God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, blessed are you.  Help me, who am alone and have no help but you, for I am taking my life in my hand.”  She is risking her very life, surrendering with trust to God whom she knows will not abandon her.

What a beautiful foreshadowing of Mary, the Mother of God who is our model of obedient faith and surrender.  Her Immaculate Heart stands with Her Crucified Son even when all seems lost, and now she stands with the Church even when it is battered and bruised.  She intercedes for us Her children, the chosen people of God through Baptism.  And we can place our deepest needs and desires into Her hands.

Jesus said to his disciples: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  Mary Immaculate is the truest disciple of Jesus, who delights Her Son in her total surrender.  When we give our hearts to Mary, Her Immaculate Heart is already in and united with the Heart of Jesus.  Our deepest desires and needs become Her personal concern as she accompanies our asking, our seeking, our knocking, all of which then is presented in the Heart of Jesus with new radiance.

Mary also teaches us to ask, seek and knock in accordance to the Father’s Will as we grow in wisdom and learn what in life brings us to become more like our Lord Jesus and what may endanger our union with Him.  With Mary standing by our Crosses and holding our pierced hearts broken at times, we are comforted to know that still we can ask, seek and knock at the door of whatever resurrection the Father so wants to give us.

With Jesus, with Mary, we too can learn to pray to the Father with that deep surrender of Queen Esther: “Help me Father, who am alone and have no help but you.”  But when we have the Father’s Loving help, we are not really alone, but in deepest communion, all through the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary.