“Do as I say, not as I do.” That was a favorite line of my mother’s. The other favorite line was, “What’s yours is mine. What’s mine is my own.”
Now of course these were jokes and they often came after she made some kind of mistake such as losing her temper or accidentally (?) taking something of my father’s in order to do some kind of chore.
Today is another Catholic Feast Day of Mary. We celebrate her entrance into heaven. As we try to emulate her devotion to her Son consider that these words of play if attributed to her actually would be said in the opposite.
“Do as I say and as I do.” What did she do? She completed her daily duties, fostered friendships, lived out marriage, was active in her religious community, and raised the Son of God. What did she say? “Do as He says.”
Her other words would go like this, “What’s mine is yours. What’s yours is God’s.” She gave her entire being to her Son and by consequence she continues to give herself to us, as mother and as role model par excellent.
Let us ask her to pray for us. She loves us as mother so I am confident she will.