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Monday, July 23, 2007

Mary Magdelene

OK...I'm off and running with my first post. I'll say a special prayer at Adoration for everyone who answers this post and let's me know what they think!

Sunday (July 22) was the Feast Day for St. Mary Magdelene. Of course, since it was a Sunday, we didn't celebrate it. I was fortunate to have a Holy Hour Sunday evening to say a short prayer to her. Mary Magdelene was a loyal follower of Jesus'...maybe the most loyal. She accompanied Christ all the way to the cross alongside Our Blessed Mother, while all the other disciples except St. John fled. She is a wonderful example of true discipleship and friendship. Do we show this level of friendship to Jesus or do we flee when the going gets tough?

If you'd been at my house the last month or so, you'd have heard me whine about my early morning Saturday holy hour. It's a tough hour and I've struggled with it. Something happened last night though as I prayed to Mary Magdelene. It was as if I heard her say, "Dan, it's not always easy to be a disciple of Jesus. In fact, it's often very difficult." My response, "Yeah, especially at this hour. You don't need your sleep anymore!" I think I heard her chuckle and respond, "I know, but I've been down that road; one that was even rockier!"

"Hmm, I guess it's like taking the narrow road, right?" I heard her reply, "Yes, that's right."

As much as I didn't want to hear that, I knew in my heart that she was right. What discomforts she must have faced walking with our Lord? I realize now that Jesus will let me know when it's time for a change on that hour. Until then, it's mine to guard the best I can.

We can all learn from the lessons of Mary Magdelene, who was a notorious sinner turned penitent follower. The road is sometimes hard, but the rewards are worth it. What can you look at in your life and find you must endure for the glory of God? Is there something you've been struggling with and know in your heart that maybe, just maybe, the challenge is a temptation? I urge you to spend some time in prayer, especially in front of the Blessed Sacrament. You too may hear a voice in your head gently leading you.

1 comment:

Lori said...

Hey.. does this mean I should remove the 2am opening from the bulletin? Great blog! After I get over my excitement that you feel called to maintain your early morning hour, I will meditate on how Jesus calls me to take the narrow road, even when He practically has to drag me along. Oh, and thanks for any prayers. I will return the favor.