I was recently sitting outside my residence on a beautiful summer day by my garden, which has a huge six-foot statue of Mary in the middle, surrounded by all sorts of plants and flowers. I was reflecting on Jesus’ admonition to let go of the inessentials in life and to hold on to what is important.
Mary’s image reminded me that Mary and the saints are always with us. What this means is that there is a bigger reality that we are all a part of, and it’s easy to loose sight of that. We are not isolated individuals working individually for our own salvation. We are all part of the Body of Christ working together, destined for eternal life, in union with those who have gone before us.
Salvation is not a solitary affair. We are saved as a community. We are saved through the Body of Christ and as the Body of Christ.
Each one of us has a role to play in a much bigger story, a story in which there is drama and comedy, suffering and celebration, and, most importantly, a story with a happy ending.
“Do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:20)