Today’s Gospel: Luke 10:17-24 – Our Lady of the Rosary
We read in the Gospel a couple of days ago that Jesus sent out 72 disciples ahead of Him in pairs to every place He intended to visit. Today His lambs return rejoicing, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.” While Jesus acknowledges He gave them this power by His intercession to God, He tells the disciples, “Do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in Heaven.” Jesus immediately turns to God, praising and thanking Him for revealing Himself in this way. Jesus then implores the disciples to be grateful to God and calls them “blessed”, for many have long desired to see and hear what they are experiencing but did not.
I imagine similarly on October 7, 1571, Our Blessed Mother turned her gaze towards Jesus as He turned to the Father in thanksgiving for the faithful’s petition in placing all their trust in God. On this day, the Holy League with its fleet, sponsored in part by Pope St. Pius V, fought the Battle of Lepanto and defeated the gargantuan fleet of the Ottoman Empire in defense of Christian civilization. Prior to the victory, Pius V ordered churches to be opened around the clock and implored the church militant to pray the rosary. Crew members in the fleet and many throughout Europe responded by vigilantly praying the rosary. In thanksgiving, Pope St. Pius V declared October 7th the Feast of Our Lady of Victory, later named Our Lady of the Rosary by Pope Gregory XIII.
Let us turn today and always to Our Lady to intercede for us to the Father through Jesus to help us stand up against that which is opposed to God, both in our hearts and in our world.
Do I rejoice each day for the gift of being a chosen child of God, and respond by being an open receiver of the gifts God wants me to share with others?
Let us pray the oldest known prayer to implore Our Blessed Mother’s intercession: “We fly to thy protection, O holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.”
Copyright 2017 Cara Stolarczyk
Cara is a wife and mother who strives to live each day savoring the present moment where God abides. She enjoys collaborating to address the needs of people and organizations so they can become their best selves and achieve desired results. Cara is passionate about working with those who are devoted to serving others while developing people to their fullest potential.
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