The Gospel this time of year recounts the most amazing leap of faith in history. Mary says “yes” to God. Last Thursday’s Gospel reading recounted when Mary went to see her cousin Elizabeth after the angel Gabriel told Mary about God’s plan for her. After hearing or reading this many since I was little it finally dawned on me this week that Elizabeth knew the truth. Before hearing more than a greeting, she understood who came through the door that day – carried in her cousin’s womb. How could she know?
The human body is one of God’s most miraculous and wonderful creations. Each of us is fashioned in His image and likeness, but uniquely put together to glorify God in our physical being. St. Paul confirms this truth in his writings to the Corinthians. “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Cor 6:19-20) As good stewards of these beautiful gifts, we have a responsibility to properly care for, nourish, and love our bodies, then to offer them to God for His service. No one has given us a better example of bodily service than our Blessed Mother.
There is a line I was reading in the Catechism (CC 2725) that got my attention. “We pray as we live, because we live as we pray.” Its under the section called the “battle of prayer”. It says “The battle of prayer is inseparable from the necessary “spiritual battle” to act habitually according to the Spirit of Christ.”
Prayer is a battle, an epic one really. It has to do with me and eternity and I cannot retreat, I must press on (with the help of heaven). Continue reading “I Pray as I Live”