On this Holy Saturday, I continue my journey through Scott Hahn’s book, Lenten Reflections from A Father Who Keeps His Promises.
Jesus calls us all to Him, but not only to be followers. He draws us personally into His family. He calls us to be His siblings.
He who consecrates and those who are being consecrated all have one origin. Therefore, he is not ashamed to call them “brothers.” Heb. 2:11.
And, as His brothers and sisters, we share the same divine Father. Jesus extols us to acknowledge this in prayer:
“This is how you are to pray:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread;
and forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors;
and do not subject us to the final test,
but deliver us from the evil one.” Matt. 6:9-13.
How wonderful that I can call our Creator “Abba”, or “Dad!” Just as Jesus cried out to the Father in agony, I can also call to Him.
Jesus doesn’t stop there. He also adopts us into His human family, giving us His Mother as ours.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” John 19:26-27.
By these words, Jesus entrusts His Mother to the care of John, but even more significantly, He entrusts us in His Mother’s care.
Throughout these millennia since Christ’s death and resurrection, Mary has been faithful in helping the Church. More personally, I have found great comfort in seeking her aid. She has never let me down.
Recognizing how pure and holy Mary is, I am grateful to have such a strong advocate of chastity in today’s age of lust saturation. It’s impossible to watch TV or drive an expressway without being visually assaulted by something catering to our base prurient interests. Being a man, I am familiar with the whiplash I can experience walking by a pool, for example. I am grateful that I can turn to Mary when tempted by visual impurity. Just as the Israelites turned to the bronze serpent to protect them from the seraph serpents, I have learned to avert my eyes from visual temptations and venomous images, turning to Mary in prayer,