A few quick points this week with the busy days of Christmas and New Year’s vying for time! First, I love the vision Sheen offers on the enduring identities we are marked with in life. He speaks of how a woman can be a wife for given period of time, either until the death of her spouse or herself, but if she is a mother, that role is eternal! If there are parts of our lives that are eternal, we would do well make them a priority in this earthly life! What other parts of who we are, are taken with us into eternity? An avid reader…golfer…stamp collector…etc.? What in our lives will last for eternity?
Second, Sheen shares with us a statement from an Indian woman who says, “your religion is a religion of love; ours is one of fear.” While other religions may make placating an angry god the motive for a good life, Christianity is a religion of loving God, ourselves and our neighbor. However, I think some folks still approach Christianity with the fear motivation. Do we keep holy the Lord’s Day out of fear or are we eager to be with others in our Sunday worship to experience this taste of heaven? Do we avoid sin because we fear Hell or because we love God, ourselves and neighbor and only wish to deepen that love through our words and actions?
Finally, Sheen explores other religions. He tells us that while Jesus may not be accepted or acknowledged as the Son of God, Mary fills the gap and, just as she did 2000 years ago, prepares this world to receive her Son. Sheen says, “as Christ is the Mediator between God and man, so she [Mary], is the Mediatrix between Christ and us. She is the earthly principal of love that leads to the Heavenly Principle of Love.” May we always seek Mary’s help and guidance that leads us to share in the Divine Life of her Son.
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