Ever since I stopped working seven months ago, I’ve started to notice small things and events at home. One of the interesting things is this tiny yellow sunbird that comes around eight every morning to our yellow-bell plant, drinking nectar and complimenting it in its own language – “sweet, sweet, sweet”. Hearing it never fails to cheer us up. The bird will fly away when it is done, but it will come back the next morning at the same time.
I’ve come to realised that our lives are mainly made up of routines. Many things we do are repetitive. Things like brushing teeth, flipping to the same section of the newspapers, driving along the same route to work and so on, are practically engraved within our subconscious mind. We say the same things repeatedly too. My mum used to nag me day and night and now our children are privileged with daily naggings from my wife and I. Although we like to say that our God is a God Who is full of surprises; in reality, we are the ones who lack the awareness of His omnipresence and grace. And suddenly when we are conscious of it, we are surprised by what He is doing for us. Hence, to me, God is a constant and all His acts are repetitive – just like the way the sun rises and sets, just like the seasons come and go.
Many years ago, I used to pray the Rosary fervently and there were many miracles we have witnessed in our lives that were attributed to this special devotion. When praying the Rosary, the repetition of words can calm and prepare my soul to contemplate the life of Jesus and transform me into His likeness. But when I cease praying or simply rattle off the words without meditation, I quickly fell into the pit of sin and shame.
In retrospect, I would have been a permanent resident of satan’s dungeon if not for the fact that my wife’s devotion to her daily Rosary prayer saved me. Now as I see my mother-in-law, who is not educated, praying the Rosary in the church, I can see the wisdom of this special devotion. How the learned who can preach the Bible may not necessarily be nearer to the Kingdom of God, than this persistent widow who knocks on the Heart of God day and night, as in the parable told by Jesus in Luke 18.
Lord Jesus, may my devotion to the Rosary and the ceaseless intercession of Mary Your Mother, bring me closer to God and His Kingdom. Amen. By B