Month of Mary – May Devotions – Day 23 – The simplicity of Mary!
- Simplicity is to be simple in all things but it is far from easy, I must say! Sometimes you may think that you are simple or living a life of simplicity but you would end up betraying yourself through complicated thought system, beliefs and values; rooms stocked with unnecessary materials and high level of materialism that is displayed in excessive accumulation of wealth and clothing, costly gadgets and electronics that makes the poor to feel cheated in life. The core enemy of simplicity is unguarded self-esteem and ambition in which one places his/herself better than others willfully and complete distance from the poor and the poorest of the poor. Equally, those who resist law and constituted authorities are never simple. At this stage, Jesus Christ is absent in such hearts, minds and souls. The subject matter of simplicity is very tough! Its scale of evaluation is very difficult to design and follow appropriately. Yet the Master of the spiritual life is simple and has canonised simplicity of life. It is this same simplicity that His Mother lived and is still living in heaven.
The story of Jesus and the rich man in Mark 10:21-23 speaks so much about the need for simplicity and its challenges; “Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, ‘You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to [the] poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ At that statement his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions. Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!’”
The words of the Blessed Virgin Mary in her Magnificat “My soul glorifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my saviour, He looks on his servant in her lowliness …” (Luke 1:46-48) reveal the simplicity of Mary that is marked by a quiet and hidden life. Mother also exemplified the virtue of simplicity in her total self-giving to God and His will when she said “I am the handmaid of the Lord, let what you have said be done to me” (Luke 1:38). The roots of simplicity are poverty to be detached from all earthly attachment except God and the intention to use all time, talents and resources to do the will of God. Mother lived all these qualities and today she is our icon of simplicity.
Prayer: Mother who lived a simple life in Nazareth and served God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind and with all your strength, be with us and as a spiritual magnet attract from God’s simplicity and share with us your own simplicity of life that we may be free from cunning, duplicity and superficiality in life. Amen.