In the words of Mary, the mother of Jesus, all recovering alcoholics can find comfort. Indeed in Mary’s words we can fully embrace our new life and make our own the prayer of Mary.
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
My spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
For He has looked upon His lowly servant.”
This is the day to look and search within our heart. What blessings have I received from God in sobriety? What gifts, entirely free, have I been given? What new attitude and new spirit (zeal) have found a place in me so that I get along with others? What has surprised me when I’ve found myself doing something for others, sometimes a total stranger? These are a few leading questions you might ask yourself in private prayer today.
It strikes me that, in the throes of alcoholism, I needed most desperately the love and embrace of my mother. And I can say now that Mary was the one who wrapped me in her mantle and took me off the street to her son, Jesus. She was the one who presented me dirty and bruised to The Lord. She was the one who rejoiced with me upon my return to religious life. How about you and your eventual return to God’s fold?
This would be the day to praise and thank God for all He has given, through the intercession of Mary. It would also be a good day to actually sing your praises as you rejoice in God’s presence in your life.