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Clothed in Christ


“Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.” ~ Jesus

The quote chosen to kick off today’s Reflection (Luke 11:28), part of our short but powerful Daily Gospel Passage (Luke 11:27-28), was Jesus’ response to a woman who, upon seeing him in a crowd, called out “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breast at which you nursed.” For it is upon coming to truly know the word of our Lord and then acting upon it, as did our Blessed Mother, who carried and nursed the Savior of the world, that we open ourselves to God’s grace.

“Hail Mary, full of grace!” These are the opening words of the Hail Mary Prayer, a prayer that is being proclaimed with abundance and ardor by the Mystical Body of Christ during this month of October, a month dedicated to the recitation of the most Holy Rosary Mary was literally full of God’s grace. Full. She could not have possibly had more grace surging within her. It was her openness to God’s will which allowed this unending river of grace to rush and wash over her, to fill her heart and thus compel her soul to proclaim the greatness of the Lord (Luke 1:46-56) through her thoughts, words, choices and actions.

In today’s 1st Reading (Galatians 3:22-29), Paul reminds the people of Galatia (and us) that through faith we are all children of God in Christ Jesus. He explains that all who are baptized into Christ have “clothed themselves with Christ,” similar in nature of course to our Lady throughout her life and certainly at the culmination of her life as she was assumed bodily into Heaven where she would reign as Queen for all of eternity By entering into the mysteries of the most Holy Rosary, we too can receive these divine graces by uniting our hearts ~ our joy, our sorrow, our glory ~ to that of our Eternal Mother’s.

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” Paul goes on to say. In this day and age of unprecedented divisiveness, a pump that is forever primed by the mainstream media, Hollywood, social media, duplicitous politicians and even our professional ball players, it’s important to step away from the noise and reflect upon Paul’s words. This unending inflammatory rhetoric cannot be a part of the genuine Catholic’s DNA. With politics on the mind of everyone these days as yet another election looms large, it’s important to remember that the “left wing” and the “right wing” are both part of the same bird, in this case the American Eagle. That “every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.” (Matthew 12:25).

The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that “the dignity of the human person is rooted in his creation in the image and likeness of God; it is fulfilled in his vocation to divine beatitude. I leave you with the words of Saint Robert Bellarmine, who knew that indeed all people enjoy an equal dignity precisely because all are called to the same end.

If you are wise, then, know that you have been created for the glory of God and your own eternal salvation. This is your goal; this is the center of your life; this is the treasure of your heart. If you reach this goal, you will find happiness.” You will attain Heavenly glory.

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