“Devotion to Mary is the new evangelisation.”
What Pope Francis means by this is that if we are to stay close to Jesus we must stay close to Mary His mother.
Because of Jesus Mary suffered rejection from all those around her. The night before Jesus was born as Mary and her husband Joseph struggled to find somewhere to stay Mary really suffered at the thought that she was about to give Birth to the Saviour of the world yet the world was rejecting Him.
This is why it is very important to be prepared for Christmas throughout advent – Jesus wishes to come to us but in order for this to happen our hearts must be pure, a place for Jesus to be born in. Like the manger we must be humble.
Have you ever given up anything for lent? A favourite sweet perhaps? Or done something good more often? Like praying the rosary or going to mass more or not eating meat on a Friday? Perhaps we could help Mum or Dad around the house more or be especially kind to our wee brother or sister. It doesn’t really matter what we do – as long as we do it with good intention. Just as we prepare for Jesus coming as a man at Easter we must prepare for Him coming as a baby at Christmas.
In this way – with right intention – we can prepare ourselves for the coming of the Baby Jesus throughout the special time that is Advent.
Our Mother Mary will guide us as we prepare. Praying the rosary at home brings peace and we can see everything more clearly and it becomes easier to do some or all of the good things I have mentioned. Mary is our Guide through Advent because as His mother she knows more about the Baby Jesus than all the Angels and Saints in Heaven put together. For those of us that struggle Mary knew what it was like to be rejected and the last in line for things. Because she loved Jesus Mary was rejected from the very start. People did not believe her when she said that she had become pregnant by the Holy Spirit. We must think of all these things during advent and stay close to Mary by saying the rosary.
Mary went to see her cousin Elizabeth who she knew would understand. Since Mary had become pregnant many people had not been nice to her. Mary is a human being like any other and sometimes we all need a friend and a hug.
Mary’s cousin Elizabeth said,
“Who am I to be honoured with a visit from the Mother of my Lord?”
Up until now in Her Sadness everything had been bottled up inside of Mary. She must have felt very hurt and rejected. Now, finally, she sung this joyful song, the magnificat:
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord
And my sprit exalts in God my Saviour;
Because He has looked upon his holy handmaid,
Yes from this day forth everyone shall say that I am Blessed
For the almighty has done great things for me.
Holy is His name,
And His Mercy reached from age to age on those that fear Him.
He has shown the power of His arm,
He has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts
He has pulled down princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly.
The hungry he has filled with good things, the rich he has sent away empty.
Apart from her son, Jesus, Mary was the most humble person that ever lived. Humility is just another word for knowing who you are in God. Maybe we could ask ourselves during Advent, “How do I see myself ?” Whose opinion is more important to me? God’s or other peoples?