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Mary, Not A Blind Guide

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Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Dedication of St. Mary Major Basilica

First Reading: JER 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22

Responsorial Psalm: PS 102:16-18, 19-21, 29 AND 22-23

Gospel: MT 15:1-2, 10-14

 

Reflection:

In our Gospel today, Jesus warned his disciples not to follow the scribes and pharisees because they are blind guides. They are blind because they refuse to see and understand the hand of God in Jesus.

In 431 AD, during the Council of Ephesus, Mary was named as the Mother of God, the Theotokos. After the Council, the oldest Basilica in the West, in Rome, was dedicated to the Blessed Mother Mary and named as St. Mary Major.  This is the first Basilica ever dedicated to Mary. Having nurtured and directed so many souls to Jesus, Mary was praised as the Star of the Sea that guides voyagers to their ultimate destination, God.

Our life is a journey. We are but pilgrims here on earth. And every pilgrim, in order to be nourished and guided along the journey, needs a guide.  There are so many who present themselves to us as guides but they Mary - Star of the Seaare leading us away from God. They lead us to a wide open road of worldly riches and enjoyments. Many enjoy themselves along the way but the end of the road is damnation, never ending pain, eternal death. They are the blind guides who lead many to a pit

Mary is not a blind guide. She is not like the scribes and pharisees, who are blind guiding the blind. Being guided by Mary to Jesus, we are sure that we will not fall into a pit, that we will surely arrive our destination safely. During her life, she always pondered upon and kept in her heart so many things about Jesus. She is the best person who can tell us about who Jesus is, about living the life Jesus wants, about walking with Jesus to Calvary, to His death, to His Resurrection.  In all these, she leads us to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.  Though the road our Blessed Mother may lead us to is not easy but it leads to a never ending joy, eternal life. This is our destination that our Blessed Mother is guiding us to. She is the Star of the Sea.

Let us then be guided by our one and only Star of the Sea, Our Blessed Mother, the Mother of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

 

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