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ST. MARY SERVES GOD THE FATHER

The Mother of God, the pure, St. Mary the Virgin merits the honours bestowed upon her for her exemplary service to God. St. Mary knew exactly Whom she served. Undoubtedly, our service needs reflection -- is it God Whom we serve? We, too, can follow the pattern set for us by St. Mary for, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" (Philippians 4:13). By the grace of God, we will address three of St. Mary's many virtues with respect to her service for almighty God.

St. Mary's humility, in her service, allowed her to put God first, thus removing herself from the spotlight of mankind. Servants of God need not be reluctant in this regard rather, "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up" (James 4:10). Moreover, by focusing on the needs of the service and loving those being served, St. Mary was able to serve God and others with genuine humility of heart. As well, throughout her life, St. Mary showed by example that fruitful service entails having a humble mindset. In God's goodness and in His perfect time and way, St. Mary was rewarded. As servants, we, too, can be confident that our effort and hard work will not be left unrewarded by our God, Who is the essence of faithfulness.

St. Mary's faithfulness
, in her service, enabled her to take the responsibility to serve God seriously, both in her spiritual and social life. St. Mary, for instance, was faithfully serving God in the temple, faithfully espoused to Joseph, faithful in her stay at the house of Zacharias and Elisabeth, faithful as Jesus Christ's mother, faithful in her departure into Egypt, faithful in the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ, faithfully standing by the cross of our Saviour, faithful as a mother to John the disciple, and faithful in her departure from this world. Like St. Mary, sincere faithfulness must accompany every aspect of our service, for we ought to "serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear" (Hebrews 12:28). Remembering that God Himself is faithful to reward our wholehearted and loyal service plentifully.

St. Mary's quietness, in her service, allowed her to be rewarded with heavenly blessings. In wisdom, St. Mary adorned herself with inner beauty. The apostle Peter writes about such beauty in the following manner, "the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price" (1 Peter 3:4). Accordingly, St. Mary was extremely worthy of hearing the Angel Gabriel's salutation, "the Lord is with thee" (Luke 1:28). Indeed, St. Mary was in the presence of our Lord and God in that she had a calm spirit and led a quiet life. As servants of God most High, let us strive to resemble St. Mary, "that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour" (1 Timothy 2:2-3). Certainly, like St. Mary, to serve our great God in this way, will entitle us to receive the blessing of God's presence in our service.

In His loving kindness, God has granted us the blessed gift of serving His holy Name. Let us, as fellow servants, ponder the results of our gift to serve. Is our service, all that God desires it to be? Is our effort, "an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God" (Philippians 4:18)? In truth, our service needs to be judged in comparison to that of St. Mary who, too, was human. St. Mary served God the Father with humility, faithfulness, and quietness. With what do we serve God the Father? The time to serve and the talents with which to serve are not our own -- they belong to God. As such, we need to give them back to God through our devoted and committed service. May we, like St. Mary, sow for God in our service in order to reap unlimited rewards from God in time to come. As fellow labourers for God, let us ask God the Father to help us and train us up in His service. Then, we can begin to follow the excellent and commendable example set by St. Mary from the days of her blessed childhood. Amen.

By: R.A.

 
 

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