However, he says, “She should have.” As I sat in the chapel waiting to participate in the Mass, I realized that Mary was right in front of me. At least the statue of her was directly in front of me. I thought about going up to the statue before I started the first reading today, but quickly realized that everyone who was attending Mass with us today in the chapel would not understand what I was doing. I just felt so grateful to Mary for saying yes, and reminding me that I can say yes too. I feel so grateful to Mary for being the first disciple of Jesus by accepting the gift of grace that came to her in the form of a message from an angel, so that I can accept the message that comes to me from my guardian angel that says, “Be not afraid.” Mary is the ultimate form of human example of following Jesus, and I hope that through her I can see Jesus as my Savior and Redeemer, and as my Brother.
As I waited to receive the precious blood during the reception of
Communion at Mass, I realized that I was standing next to the statue of my Mother Mary. I felt peace knowing the John the Apostle stood next to her too as he waited to receive the message from Jesus to behold his mother. Finally, it was the reception of his mercy that I received when I drank the wine that was really transformed into Jesus for me. I went back to my chair and dropped to my knees to say, “Thank you Jesus…I’m sorry Jesus…I love you Jesus!” I know that it would not be possible to say this and feel this close to Jesus without my Mother first showing me how to say yes to his grace and mercy. So, thank you Mary…I’m sorry Mary…I love you Mary!