Today we reflect upon a deep resistance to the death and rebirth that Baptism brings, a resistance to grace which in some ways shows itself as embarrassment - an unwillingness to accept the Truth by faith - for the Truth shows up our sinfulness, and the Truth offers hope, and hope makes us vulnerable and dependent. And all that is very discomfiting and even embarrassing.
We don't want the new life He offers us because we are sinners - and seeing this embarrasses us, so we'd rather not see this. We'd rather remain in the dark.
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. (John 3:19)
Feel free just to ponder this verse about Darkness today and for the next few days as we work our way through the Mysteries of Light.
And if you want to read more of what I have to say about this - a lot more - click here.
And remember ... this consecration to Mary is serious and will bring some surprising and unexpected blessings, and a few discumbobulations along the way.
Let us pray ...
To you, Immaculate Heart of Mary, we consecrate ourselves – our hearts, minds, wills and lives and all those works we undertake so they may be for the glory of God, for the sake of the Gospel and the salvation of souls. Holy Mother, our Queen and our Joy, give to our hearts the dimensions of yours and form us in the image of your beloved Son.