Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes
February 11, 2010
Today’s Feast of Our Lady recalls the apparition of the Mother of God to Bernadette in the Grotto of Massabielle at Lourdes.
We know that the Blessed Virgin Mary was the faithful servant of God, the one who always did as God asked.
This fidelity, this response to God’s Holy Will is by no means something that is easy. It always involves a submission of my will to the Will of God.
It is an exercise in trust which enables me to say: whatever God wants, I want; whatever God does not want, I do not want.
As we approach the Holy Season of Lent, may we come to rely on the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes to be faithful to Christianity and the Gospel, now and always.
This year, the Feast of Our Lady comes a week before the Church begins her annual observance of the Holy Season of Lent.
With this in mind, we wish to reflect on an image of the Mother of God which comes to us through the pages of the Gospel. This image is of the Virgin of Nazareth who prays, who is obedient to God’s will and who places herself in service to those in need.
In Luke’s account of the Annunciation, Our Lady is a prayer when the Angel Gabriel comes to speak with her (Luke 1:26-27).
Because of her strong faith and her spirit of prayer, Mary speaks her “fiat”, her willingness to obey (Luke 1:38).
Prompted by Grace and in keeping with her profound humility, Our Lady sets out on her journey to care for her cousin Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-45).
Later, in John’s Gospel (2:1-10), Our Lady again comes to the assistance of someone in need. This time it is a young married couple from Cana in Galilee.
May Our Lady’s example serve to encourage us, especially during this coming Lenten Season, to deepen our habit of daily prayer, to obey Christianity promptly in all that He asks of us in our state in life and may we always take the time to help others even when our doing so may be inconvenient.
Mary Most Holy, Mother of God, pray for us now and always.