Mary teaches us to hope in her son, Jesus Christ

| Deacon Barry Reuwsaat | December 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

When I was in third grade, I spent many days playing backyard football with my friends. On one particular occasion, I was tackled on the cement and fractured my left collarbone. I got up and walked home to see my mother for help.

During my recovery, my mom did everything she could to alleviate my pain. Thinking back on all the times I’ve been distressed in life, my mother is one of the first people I confide in. There is something about a mother’s sweet touch and words of encouragement that bring ease to difficult situations.

Now that I’ve moved out of the house, I don’t have contact with my mother with the frequency I used to. But I know she is still there for me. And no matter where our mother is, we know, too, that we have a mother in heaven. Mary is always there for us in our difficult moments, both in our daily struggles and in life’s major tragedies.

In times of difficulty, Mary is ever by our side teaching us to hope in our source of hope, Jesus Christ. Christian hope is not found in the goods of this life but in the treasures of heaven that cannot be corrupted: mainly, God himself. When we have our hope set on the “treasures” of heaven, then our outlook during difficult times takes on a new meaning. The co-worker who bothers us, the moments that spark our anger — these become insignificant when we think about heavenly things. Is it a coincidence that the most difficult times are when we don’t have Jesus or heaven in mind?

I still find it hard to look for hope and turn toward Jesus in the many bumps I encounter in life. But I think we have to start by letting our mother into our lives more regularly. When we do this, we will allow that peace and happiness to enter into our lives because our trust is in Jesus.

Soon, our reason for hope will be seen in a crib where God’s proof of his love and mercy becomes visible for us. During these days before Christmas, let Mary, who is the “consolation of the world, ransom of captives, joy of the sick,” teach us how to hope in her son Jesus Christ, the Messiah.

Deacon Reuwsaat is in formation for the priesthood at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity for the Diocese of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. His teaching parish is St. Mary and St. Henry in Le Center. His home parish is St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls.

Sunday, Dec. 20
Fourth Sunday of Advent


  • Micah 5:1-4a
  • Hebrews 10:5-10
  • Luke 1:39-45

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