Sunday, December 12, 2010

Day 12: Mary Hidden in Advent-Moses and the Law (Add for 26 days)

Moses receives the Ten Commandments from Yahweh , Rosselli
Sistine Chapel, Vatican
 Day 12: Moses and the Law: 
  (Add this lesson for a 26-day Advent)

      Read today's story from the Bible or a Bible story book.  Hang ornament (tablet with commandments).
     Moses receives the Law from God on Mt. Sinai.

     Scripture reference:  Exodus 19:10-24; 20:1-20

     Comment:  God gave Moses His holy Law on Mt. Sinai.  The Law of God is a manifestation of His justice and holiness.  God is perfectly just.  Mary is a reflection of the Justice of God.  In her life, she was always obedient to God, but we do not always obey God.  We do not keep the Commandments which God gave Moses, and we do not obey the words of Jesus, either.  We can look at Mary and see what obedience, charity, and justice are like.  Then, we can ask for her help to imitate her virtues.

Related Title: Mary, Mirror of Justice

Speculum Justitiae
Mirror of Justice

The various symbolic meanings of the mirror highlight: (1) purity of the soul, (2) self-knowledge and moral integrity, as well as (3) its ability to reflect reality.  Mary's soul is holy and pure.  She reflects the Sun of Justice, meaning God's perfection and holiness.  She is the mirror without blemish of God's majesty (Wisdom 7:6).  The Sun of Justice is reflected in the image of Mother and Child.  The angel with balance and sword, usually a symbol of justice, signifies God's perfection.  There is a second and oval mirror whose surface is tainted and marred.  In it, three shadowy silhouettes can be barely perceived, featuring Adam or sinful humanity between Good and Evil, that is Satan, beckoning and tempting, and the guardian angel watching over his protégé.  This mirror does not reflect light and perfection but darkness and sin, or at least the blurred human vision of God and eternity.
Thus Paul reminds us that "at present we see indistinctly as in a mirror, but then face to face" (1 Corinthians 13:12).  Excerpted from this website

Prayer to Our Lady in Time of Trouble

Holy Virgin Mary, you are reigning in glory, with Jesus, your Son.
Remember us in our sadness. Look kindly on all who are suffering
or fighting against any difficulty.
Have pity on those who are separated from someone they love.
Have pity on the loneliness of our hearts.
Have pity on the weakness of our faith and love.
Have pity on those who are weeping, on those who are praying, on those who are fearful.
Holy Mother, please obtain for all of us hope and peace with justice.

Read more about Our Lady, Mirror of Justice at this site.

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