The Octave Day of Christmas ~ Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God
And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. ~Luke 2:19
Although the scribes could explain where the Messiah should be born, they remained quite unperturbed in Jerusalem. They did not accompany the Wise Men to seek him. Similarly we may be able to explain every article of our faith, yet remain spiritually motionless. The power that moved heaven and earth leaves us completely unmoved.
What a contrast! The three kings had only a rumor to go by. But it spurred them to set out on a long, hard journey. The scribes, meanwhile, were much better informed, much better versed. They had sat and studied the scriptures for years, like so many dons. But it didn’t make any difference. Who had the more truth? Those who followed a rumor, or those who remained sitting, satisfied with all their knowledge?
Sweet Mary, Mother of our Beloved Lord and my own dear Mother, I have come. I also heard the rumor and made the long, hard journey. I was afraid, so afraid, but grace vanquished me. Now I am here, and I am glad. Now I have "the more truth" for I have found Him whom my heart loves -- oh, may I hold Him forever and never let Him go!