Imitate Mary as a disciple of hope

Friar John Soh, OFM, gave a talk on the theme Mary, the Handmaid of the Lord and Disciple of Hope to parishioners of the Church of the Risen Christ for the feast of the Visitation.

Jun 16, 2017

By Stephanie Cheong
Friar John Soh, OFM, gave a talk on the theme Mary, the Handmaid of the Lord and Disciple of Hope to parishioners of the Church of the Risen Christ for the feast of the Visitation.

Friar Soh is the Postulant Director of the Order of Friars Minor of the Custody of St Anthony.

The talk touched on two critical events in the life of our Blessed Mother namely, the Annunciation of the Archangel Gabriel and the Visitation to Elizabeth. Our careful reflection of these important happenings will help us deepen our faith and become better Christians.

The Annunciation, particularly, reminds us that to be a servant of the Lord requires us to surrender and to let Him have His way, which is to put aside one’s direction in life in order to comply with the Lord’s direction. Friar John reiterated that if we have faith and trust in the Lord and be open to whatever He asks of us, even if we feel inadequate, our very act of openness will be the channel of God’s graces. At times, when the will of God is not very clear, we need to be sensitive to the promptings and movements of the Holy Spirit that urge us interiorly in our hearts.

We need to imitate Mary, a disciple of hope and a woman of great courage and selflessness, reaching out to others without any concern for her own discomfort and fatigue. Mary, being pregnant herself, could have chosen to refrain from the Visitation to Elizabeth. However, she made the choice of performing the act of mercy which must have sprung from her heart without any prompting from God. Thus, if we were to perform any acts of mercy, that mercy must be divinely spontaneous, generous and quick. Mercy must be exercised with fidelity and humility so that it may be gentle and discreet.

Friar Soh finally moved us into our personal space to reflect on how we could identify ourselves with Mary, especially in the Magnificat. The session ended with a our small group sharing on the insights that we had received and how to relate ourselves to Mary as a servant and a disciple of Hope.

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