May 2019
Reflections of God's Goodness

Mary, a model of courage and trust 

Jesus is risen! Alleluia! Imagine the joy Mary must have felt when her trust in God was affirmed.

I think of Mary as brave. She lived each day in the present moment with God as her anchor. How else could she have endured the crucifixion? She was right there at the foot of the cross, trusting and hoping that God’s love would prevail.

Mary is our model of trust in God. We know very little about her from the Scriptures. But we do know that she was a young Jewish girl who lived in a small town. It was the kind of place where people knew one another. I imagine that Mary was taught the Scriptures from a young age and with growing faith she yearned for the Savior.

Artists throughout the centuries have shown her dressed in blue. Blue is a peaceful color and reflects the calm open heart of trust that Mary displayed when the angel appeared to her. I imagine she felt some fear at first, but upon hearing the angel’s message, Mary’s response was, 

“May it be done to me according to your word.”

Although the angel answered Mary’s question, she was left with many unknowns. We don’t know what other challenges Mary had faced up to this point, but we do know that from that moment on, her life was radically changed and she trusted God, even in the most difficult of circumstances.

As we celebrate the Easter season, our world continues to be in chaos. Wars, violence, confusion and madness in our political climate and in our Church cause us much pain. When we get that sinking, ‘let down’ feeling of an out of control world, Mary’s life invites us to trust that God will prevail, that love will overcome the messiness we find in the people and institutions we trusted. Remembering the Resurrection, we can trust that our God is a God of possibilities and miracles.

With Mary we can proclaim: “The Mighty One has done great things for me and holy is his name.” Luke 1:49 In this month dedicated to Mary, let us ask her to intercede for us, to help us deepen our trust in the midst of whatever troubles or pain we face. Mary not only survived it all, God continued to bless her and keep her until she joined Him. 

“… So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you.” 1Peter 5:6-7

Happy Easter season to all,

 
Sister Mary Ann Barnhorn, SNDdeN

“Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,make your requests known to God.”

Sister Mary Ann Barnhorn Photo

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