He who ponders the law of the Lord day and night will yield fruit in due season.
– Psalm 1: 2-3
Our Lady always points us towards her son Jesus. She is the Immaculate Conception; preserved by God from original sin from the moment of her conception. Therefore, she is what God created us to be; fully alive by being united with God. And so it is only natural to imitate Our Lady because she is the kind of human being that we are all designed and created to be. Saint Irenaeus said “The glory of God is a man fully alive”. Mary is the perfect example of a human being fully alive.
My favourite bible verse about the Blessed Mother is “Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart” (Luke 2:19, RSV). She “ponders the law of the Lord day and night”.
This makes sense because if we want to have the freedom to be excellent in what we want to do we need to immerse ourselves in that world. We become what we worship. If I want to be an excellent doctor, I have to immerse myself in the world of medicine. If I want to be a good submissive, I have to focus on my husband and keep all my rules in mind constantly.
If I want to be who the Lord has designed me to be, one with Him, I need to immerse myself in Him; to think of Him nor just during Mass but 24/7. I need and want to contemplate His laws, marvel at His creation and adore Him. Meanwhile, I am very aware that, everything good that I can do is God’s grace and not because of my own merits. And just acknowledging this fact relaxes me and gives me great joy and peace.
Jesus, the very thought of You, it fills my heart with love.
Jesus, You burn like wildfire, and I am overcome.
Lover of my soul, even unto death, with my every breath I will love you.
– Audrey Assad, Even Unto Death