Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes
This is a very popular feast now of Our Lady as we really are aware of not only her Immaculate Conception, but also the fact that Our Lady has worked many healings at Lourdes. It was between February 11 and July 16, 1858, that Mary appeared 18 times to Bernadette Soubirous in a cave near her hometown of Lourdes, France. Now this place has become one of pilgrimage and a place to bring the sick, the lame, those who have incurable diseases for the grotto's spring in Lourdes has been and is the place for many cures in the waters there.
The Gospel today has Jesus speaking to the crowd saying, "Hear me, all of you, and understand. Nothing that enters a man from outside can defile that person; but the things that come our from within are what defile."
When he had left the crowd, his disciples questioned him as they did not really understand. Jesus tells them that what comes from the heart is what can defile.
We need to watch our heart. We find that we have both good and evil inside of us. We need to ask Jesus and Mary to keep our hearts pure, full of love and goodness so that we can give love to others. Mary sees what we need; she is very attentive to all her children and always ready to bring our needs to Jesus. She always tells me, as she told the servants at Cana, "Do whatsoever he tells you."