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Towards Understanding the Message of Garabandal Chapter 21: THINK ABOUT THE PASSION OF JESUS | perseverer's Blog


This is the last sentence in the Second Message and therefore this will be the last chapter I post on this subject

Just as Our Lord's last wish on the cross was, "Behold your mother", so Our Lady's last wish is, "Think about the Passion of Jesus."

Here we we see the great secret of Mary.  If we say, "Mary", she says, "Jesus".  Marian devotion has nothing to do whatsoever with honouring Mary for her own sake.  Mary never lived for herself, not even for one second.  And no matter how holy we are, how much we think we love God, not one single one of us loves Him as much as Mary does.  Honouring Mary is the sublimest way to honour God.  Whatever we give to her she immediately gives to Him, and whatever we give Him ourselves is improved beyong measure when we let it pass through Our Lady's hands.

A Baptist friend of mine once said, "I think I'm finally starting to get all this Mary Jesus stuff.  It's all about relationships."  Yes, because that is the example set by Our Saviour and that is what He wants.

Mary's final wish to us is:

THINK ABOUT THE PASSION OF JESUS

When I set about writing this essay and then posting it on my blog, I did not give any thought as to the timing.  I did not sit down and work out how many postings I would do and then time it so that the last one would fall on Christmas Day.  And yet that is the way it has worked out, and I feel as though God is directing our attention to this.

Christmas Day might, at first, seem like the least appropriate time of the year to be thinking about the Passion of Jesus.  On Christmas Day He was born for us.  We see Him as a baby, lying in a manger.  We find ourselves like the shepherds and the Magi guided by the extraordinary star.  We sing "Gloria" with the angels in joyful homage.  Like the Magi we give gifts.  It is a joyful time, full of colour and drama, a time when we can approach God as a baby we could have picked up and held in our arms had we had the privilege of being there.

But underscoring the love, peace and joy His Presence brings is the reality that He came to suffer and die for us.  He was human and a little baby, but He was also divine and His Passion and death were always before HIm.  There is a holy image, popular with Catholics, known as"Our Lady of Perpetual Succour".  In this picture, Mary is holding her Baby.  Jesus is being comforted by her, but His gaze is fixed on the instruments of His future torture.  In His anxiety, His sandal is slipping off His foot. 

THINK ABOUT THE PASSION OF JESUS

There are a lot of ways in which we can think about the Passion of Jesus.  Stations of the Cross, sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary, the Gospels, prayer before a crucifix, litany of the Passion and the list goes on.  But today of all days is a time to remember the reason Love came down for us and I would like to share with you the words of a beautiful Christmas carol that looks beyond the symbolism to this underlying reality.

The holly and the ivy, when they are both full grown,
of all the trees that are in the wood the holly bears the crown.

Chorus  The rising of the sun, and the running of the deer,
the playing of the merry organ, sweet singing in the choir.

The holly bears a blossom, white as the lily flow'r,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ to be our sweet Saviour.

The holly bears a berry, as red as any blood,
and Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ to do poor sinners good.

The holly bears a prickle, as sharp as any thorn,
and Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ on Christmas day in the morn.

The holly bears a bark, as bitter as any gall,
and Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ for to redeem us all.

The holly and the ivy, when they are both full grown,
of all the trees that are in the wood the holly bears the crown.


Deo gratias.

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gr8jesus
Posted on 07:05AM on May 13th, 2011
Many Blessings my friend.You have great posts I like your blog! how much you can't believe...I wish you a life full of smiles and happiness...:)
perseverer
Posted on 08:28PM on May 13th, 2011
Thank you for reading it my dear friend and may many blessings be with you also.
RichieRich78
Posted on 01:19PM on Jun 24th, 2011
This is really special. Boy if ever I am glad I read something on here it is this post -

Well done !!
perseverer
Posted on 05:44PM on Jun 24th, 2011
What a lovely surprise to see your comment, here, RichieRich! I am glad you appreciated this post and pray for you to be showered with God's richest blessings.
dogmatix
Posted on 07:58AM on Jul 26th, 2011
Most forget, or have never known, the most important spiritual truths in life. Without supernaturalizing, we never see beyond the material world. I read the story and think it lovely that these timeless truths come back to the fore in these black times. Good on you Perseverer.
perseverer
Posted on 08:06AM on Jul 26th, 2011
Thank you for your gracious comment, Dogmatix. The spiritual world is the only lasting one. How important to not get caught up with materialism and forget the spiritual realities.
akasolia
Posted on 09:02AM on Jul 26th, 2011
I missed this one until just now, it reminded me of some very important things. Also, it's true when my heart calls on Mary, I feel unloaded and comforted, Amazin if you ask me...
perseverer
Posted on 04:46PM on Jul 26th, 2011
Thank you for catching up with it, Solia. I am glad this post was able th help you. Yes, there is a lot of power in the name of Mary!
perseverer
Posted on 05:12PM on Jan 2nd, 2012
Thank you!
perseverer
Posted on 10:55PM on Jan 2nd, 2012
Thank you for reading and commenting. This blog entry was the last of some 22 entries on the subject of Garabandal, and I would appreciate your valued opinion on some of the others too. Regards!
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