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By: Rev. Fr. Augustine Vallooran V.C.

All of us are moulded by the relationships that we live in. Relationships are what makes up our lives. The beauty, the joy and the delight of our life is from our relationships.

When relationships become sour, we can become agitated, angry and depressed. When the human relationships are very dear, the hurts are also very deep. Why is this? The reason is our relationships are too human.

In this wisdom-filled reflection “MOTHER MARY – THE MODEL OF HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS”” by Rev. Fr. Augustine Vallooran V.C., Director of Divine Retreat Centre Muringoor, Kerala, India exhorts every Catholic to look to Mother Mary as the model of all our relationships – be it family, friends of community.

Jesus said, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers? (Luke 12:48) “Whoever does what my Father in heaven wants him to do is my brother, my sister, and my mother.” (Luke 12:50).

Mother Mary became the Mother of Jesus by accepting the Word the Angel spoke to her. She gave birth to Jesus by the direct intervention of God through the working of the Holy Spirit. That was God”™s Plan. The Word of God came to her and Mother Mary responded wholeheartedly by committing her life to the Word of God ”“ “Here I am Lord, your handmaid. Let it be done to me according to your will.” (Luke 1:38) Her life at every moment was a total surrender to God.

Mother Mary moulded the Apostles to surrender their lives to the Hands of God as she did. She was anointed by the Holy Spirit when she totally surrendered her life to God. That is what she helped the Apostles to do ”“ to become servants of the Word of God.

Jesus was not rejecting Mary as His Mother to the crowds when she came to see Him with His cousins. Rather, Jesus was giving her a Great Glory. That is how human relationships should be moulded ”“ by the imperishable seed of the Word of God. Jesus is saying a “Divine dimension” is to be added to human relationships.

How are we living our relationships? Pointing to Mother Mary, Jesus is telling us “Be like Her”.

Divine Retreat Centre, Kerala, India, run by the priests of the Vincentian Congregation of India, is the largest Catholic retreat centre in the world. Retreats in English and 6 Indian languages are conducted every week of the year.

LIVING WATERS is a 30-minute daily Divine TV programme of anointed sharing of God’s Word by Rev. Fr. Augustine Vallooran V.C,

DIVINE TELEVISION (UK/Europe & Middle East) Is known as GOODNESS Channel in India & Asia-Pacific and as DVN Network in USA/Canada.

It can also be viewed worldwide ONLINE at www.dvnonline.org


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