John 17:22 “The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one.”
In the Gospel, I begin to “discover the deepest meaning of God’s words,” remember the story did not end in the crucifixion and trust again the resurrection. (Pagola)
In the Gospel I gain a deeper understanding of Jesus and as Mary Ward did, I too find love and hope; and my life, my world is again transformed.
To the Scriptures I return hoping to rekindle that fire in my heart when all but embers are left. It is the foundation of my life, my vocation, my ministry. All relationships need an intimate knowledge of that whom one loves if it is to survive. And it is through the Gospels, that I can begin to know the one to whom I have promised my life. In knowing God, I find my true self.
Mary Ward had an intimate knowledge of God and it transformed her life, which allowed her to trust when everything seemed futile. Knowing deep in her heart that despite the “long loneliness,” all shall be well. It is this knowledge and trust in a God who loves her that Mary could have the freedom to refer all to God. Indeed, I can learn much from her.
How often do I seek refuge in the Scriptures, especially in those moments when life does not seem to make sense, or even in times of joy and certainty? Do I allow myself to be transformed by the life and words of Jesus?
Does my heart burn with the knowledge of God’s love? Do I live a life that witnesses to this love and the hope it brings?
“O Parent of parents and Friend of friends
Without my asking you took me into your care
And step by step drew me to relinquish
Everything that prevented me
From a single hearted love of you
Whom I desire beyond all else
Your choice of me was wholly undeserved.
But this is true freedom!
This is the beginning of a new way of being!
A freedom that comes of knowing and trusting you
A freedom that I value more
than anything else in the world”.
Mary Ward – Autobiography