Saturday, July 19, 2008

Saturday - Day of Our Lady

House of Gold, pray for us!

With this invocation we venerate in Our Lady the gift of knowledge. This gift helps to understand better God's design and fills the soul with strong and holy desire for perfection that it may become like a pure gold that once adorned Solomon's temple. When Solomon completed construction of the temple, he prayed: "I have built a house to his name, that he might dwell there for ever" (2 Paralipomenon 6:1). Our Lady herself is like shining golden temple of virtue. Our Lord praised her obedience when He answered words of admiration towards His mother expressed by woman of Jerusalem: "Yea rather, blessed are they who hear the word of God, and keep it" (Luke 11:28). How profitable could it be for the soul to follow the example of the Blessed Virgin in effort to achieve spiritual perfection by gathering the gold of true knowledge from daily readings of the Holy Scriptures and humble and careful listening to sermons: "When you have received from us the word of the hearing of God, you received it not as the word of men, but (as it is indeed) the word of God, who worketh in you that have believed." (Luke 2:13).