Today is another Marian Feast Day–the Most Holy Name of Mary. The first reading from 1Corinthians 9 cautions the faithful to run the race in a way that it is won. The Gospel is a continuation of yesterday’s reading from Luke and clearly warns to take care of your own issues prior to worrying about your neighbour’s. That log in your eye is much bigger than the speck in your neighbour’s.
Perhaps it seems like an odd set of readings for a feast to honour our Mother. However Mary was the first disciple. Her yes lights the way for us and her life is a model of purity. A disciple is not above the teacher we read in Luke. In looking at ourselves we discover how we can become more like Christ. Mary probably did that. She must have marvelled at this Son of hers and surely her love for Him was immeasurable. If we look at Mary’s life there is hope for ours. Fully human, Mary reflects what we are capable of when we keep our eyes on Christ. The finish line will be achievable even when the race seems long and hard.
Where are your eyes these days?