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Friday, September 10, 2021
From the Desk of Fr. Ron…….
I was made aware recently that at a youth gathering, our Holy Father Francis led the youth in a devotional prayer of Our Lady, Un-Doer of Knots. I had never heard of this devotion before. I found out that when Francis was studying in Augsburg, Germany he encountered a painting from about the year 1700 of the Virgin Mary holding a long ribbon and was untying a large knot, one of several on the ribbon. This devotion had a profound impact on the life of Francis and as Bishop of Buenos Aires, he introduced and encouraged the devotion.
In our special first reading for our Annual Celebration of the Birth of Mary, we hear from the early chapters of the Book of Genesis. The original sin of Adam and Eve becomes a “Knot” that distorts and fractures the perfect relationship between God and God’s human creation. We know from Genesis that the consequence of that sin, as understood in its own cultural context was: the expulsion from the Garden of Eden, pain in childbirth for women, sweat at labor even for one’s daily bread for men, as well as an inclination to lust and sin on the part of both genders.
It is the Virgin Mary’s “YES” to the Angel Gabriel’s invitation that begins to unravel the “knot” of that original disobedience. Her act of obedience to God’s will begins the sequence for the gates of heaven that would then be opened by the willing life, death, and resurrection of Mary’s Son Jesus; God’s only begotten Son.
In our special Gospel reading this weekend we hear the familiar story of the wedding feast at Cana. In this story, right at the beginning of the ministry of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of John, Mary intercedes with her son for the couple who are in an embarrassing situation. She doesn’t take “no” for an answer and tells the waiter: “Do what ever He tells you.”
Many of us carry many knots on our ribbon or rope of our personal lives. These knots prevent us from growing as we should and if left unattended could lead to tremendous harm. Our families, church family, and society around us also have “knots” that prevent us from working together productively for the good of all. Countries of the world, societies, and cultures all have “knots” of competition for natural resources, food, water, economy and wealth.
In a special way our Diocesan Family and its church communities suffer now under a good deal of “knots” to our future growth. In the opening prayer for “The Road To Renewal,” Bishop Michael Fisher led a group of parish representatives in a meditation involving Our Lady, Un-Doer of Knots. This weekend as we celebrate our Patron Feast Day of the Nativity of Mary, we join in praying for our Diocesan Family of Faith, our own “Family of Parishes” and our own church community.
Holy Mary, full of God’s presence, during the day of your life, you accepted with full humility the Father’s will, and the devil was never capable of tying you up with his confusion. Once with your Son, you interceded for our difficulties, and full of kindness and patience, you gave us example of how to untie the knots in our life.
Holy Mother, Mother of God and our Mother, to you who untie with a motherly heart the knots of our life, we pray to you to receive in your hands our Diocese, our Family of Parishes, our Church home, and to free us all of the knots of pain and confusion which binds us. Through your grace, your intercession and your example deliver us from all evil. Our Lady, Un-Doer of Knots, pray for us. Amen!