Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

October 7, 2011

Kevin Ryan

Sophomore, History Major, Biology Minor, Pre-Med

JI 1:13-15, 2:1-2
Ps 9:2-3, 6 and 16, 8-9
Lk 11:15-26

Today is the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary.  When I found out I was assigned to reflect on this day, I was excited because praying the rosary is one of my favorite things to do.  It has been instrumental in helping my faith grow to its current level.  It is such a great way to quiet myself and communicate with God.  While praying I often feel Mary’s care and comfort as I share my difficulties with her and allow her to intercede.  I was really looking forward to this reflection...until I read the readings.  Not to say they are bad, but unfortunately, they have very little to do with Mary, and they have nothing to do with the rosary.  That being said, I found myself with three options: 1. Reflect specifically on the readings, 2. Try to somehow tie the readings to Mary and the rosary, or 3. Use this opportunity to reflect specifically on Mary and the rosary.  After much contemplation, I have decided on option three because Mary and the rosary have been so meaningful in my life.  I apologize to those who read this and were hoping for a reflection on the readings for today.

When I reflect on Mary, I can’t help but think of my own mother.  My mother is probably one of the most amazing people I have ever known.  She cooks, cleans, works, comforts, and cares so much for my father, my siblings, and me that I can’t begin to imagine how she does it all.  No one else in this entire world—other than Jesus— has personally sacrificed so much, just so I could be safe, healthy, and content.  I am truly blessed to be born to such an incredible woman.  It was the same for Mary and Jesus: Just as my mother cares for and comforts me, Mary cared for Jesus.  Mary was in all ways the perfect mother for the perfect son, but Mary can be a Mother for us as well.

Now that I’m back at college for the fall semester, I no longer have my mother around to help me when I need her.  And I will be the first to admit it: Yes, I do miss my mom…a lot.  But the most important thing my mother may have done for me was teach me how to pray the rosary.  Through the rosary, Mary can act as my mother just as she did for Jesus two thousand years ago.  She hears my complaints, pains, and sorrows, and she comes to my aid.  She is the Mother of the Church and she has become my mother when I don’t have my own around.  She can do the same for anyone in need of a mother when one is not there for them.  Every day since the school year began I have been praying a rosary.  When I feel stressed, tired, lonely, or sick, praying a rosary calms me, keeps me clear-headed, and keeps me focused on Jesus. 

The rosary can have this healing and comforting effect for everyone.  To ask for an intercession from Mary can be very powerful; after all, she is the Mother of God.  She has concern and love in her heart for each and every one of us just as our mothers should and has sacrificed herself to the Lord so we may know Jesus and receive his salvation.  So let us be encouraged, today especially, to pray a rosary and remember our own mothers.  Wherever they may be, they need our prayers, and who better to ask intercession from than the most perfect mother to ever live?

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