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God’s Eventful Plan
It all started when the Angel appeared to a young girl named Mary and told her she was chosen by God to be the mother of His Divine Son. Mary was full of worries and questions, but eventually she decided to honor God’s plan. As a result history’s greatest adventure began as did the first Christmas.
Mary did not know that her decision would include the Seven Sorrows that would eventually invade her young and middle years. The birth of Jesus started that list for Mary and Joseph that would last over a period of many years.
Of all the Seven Sorrows that Mary endured, the worst ones were related to the death of Jesus. The first one started when Jesus was betrayed by Apostle Judas. That caused the capture of Jesus and when He was condemned to death; when He was unmercifully beaten, crowned with thorns, and forced to march under a very heavy cross to Calvary; when Mary met Jesus on His way suffering so much; when Mary witnessed the death of Jesus on the cross; when they gave the deceased Son of hers to her; when she laid Him to rest in the sepulcher. This was a most sorrowful time for Mary (and Joseph as well).
But God’s plan was not complete with the death of His Divine Son. His plan did not end with all the sorrowful events. There were events of joys and happiness to come. And the credit goes to God for His plan and for Mary honoring it. The three joyful and happy events are:
1. The death of Jesus on the cross INSURED our eternal salvation. The gates to Heaven were permanently opened for all of us.
2. Jesus rose from the dead after three days. He was young in appearance, handsome and radiant. Not even the Apostles recognized Him. He had to prove himself to them especially to Apostle Thomas who astonishingly uttered the words “my Lord and my God.” Needless to say the eleven Apostles were full of joy and happiness.
3. Mary also received great joy and happiness as a result of her decision to honor God’s plan the started with the birth of His Divine Son, Jesus. When Mary died and her eternal destiny began, she was taken to heaven body and soul. Our Eternal Father rewarded her immediately and crowned her with a crown of twelve starts and made her Queen of Heaven. She quickly became our most beautiful, loving, and helpful Heavenly Mother through which all of God’s graces pass. FOREVER!
When we celebrate Christmas as the birth of Jesus, we must also keep in mind that His birth of Jesus, we most also keep in mind that His birth opened the gate to heaven when He was later crucified and died; that He died and rose again; that Mary was greatly rewarded and became our most beautiful Heavenly Mother. So much joy and happiness are part of Christmas aside from trees, tinsel, and colored lights. Oh, yes! Don’t forget snowmen!