When my mother was sick with cancer, a friend of mine, Bob, came by to spend some time with us and to give us all a lift. Along with his good company, he brought food and his musical skills for all of us.
One evening he came over, and after we had all eaten dinner, he took a seat at the piano. He then proceeded to take out a large book of music, music that my mother would know and like. Soon after he began singing and playing, my mother began singing at the top of her lungs. We hadn’t seen anything like that in a long time! She enjoyed it so much, and she had such a big smile on her face, we were all so happy. She went from miserable to joyful. I was so pleased because my mother was so happy.
When Bob lifted my mother, he also lifted me.
Bob is a true friend. He is always welcome with me, for what he has done for my mother. If he ever asks me for anything, I would gladly do it.
Jesus speaks to us through His Church and asks for a few things to give His Mother a lift. For example, on the first Saturday of every month, the Church invites us to make reparation to Mary’s Immaculate Heart, for all of the suffering of her Heart. Much of the Marian songs and Marian devotions give her a lift. When we do these things, Mary goes from sorrowful to joyful. And her Son notices. He, too, goes from sorrowful to joyful.
If you console Mary, you console Jesus. “Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me.” (Mt 25:40)
If you lift up His Mother, You become a true friend to Him. “You are my friends, if you do the things that I command you.” (Jn 15:14)
And He will gladly do whatever you ask of Him. “If you shall ask me any thing in my name, that I will do.” (Jn 14:14)