Saturday, July 30, 2011
Our Lady Will Help Us Receive Her Son
Every time I assist at Mass, one of the prayers I pray before Mass begins is to our Blessed Mother. I'm not sure when I began doing this; it seemed to just be something I consciously do to prepare to receive Jesus in Holy Communion. I figure no one received Our Lord more perfectly than His own Mother, so surely she can help me to do the same, well at least as perfectly as this poor, sinful soul can.
My prayer to her before each Mass is:
Dear Blessed Mother,
Please help me to receive Jesus as you did, with complete love, humility and purity of heart.
Well, she seemed to give me some assurance today that my prayer is answered as I read the following words spoken by Our Lady to Mary of Agreda.
"Above all I exhort thee to call upon me and ask me to help thee; for thou must know, that I am the special Advocate and Protectress of those who desire to arrive at great purity for receiving holy Communion. Whenever they invoke me for this purpose, I present myself before the throne of the Most High, and, as one well knowing the disposition required for harboring God Himself, I ask His favor and grace for those who are about to receive Him in the holy Sacrament. I have not lost in heaven the solicitude and zeal, which I exhibited upon earth. Having asked me, proceed to ask also the intercession of the angels, for they also are very anxious to see souls approach the holy Eucharist with great devotion and purity."
So go ahead and ask Our Lady; she is more than willing to help us receive her Son as He desires and deserves to be received.
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.