Three Meditations on Jesus as Master

You call me Master, and Lord; and you say well, for so I am (John 13:13).

1. Jesus Christ is my King and Master. His Kingship demands order — order in society (Let every soul be subject to higher powers: for there is no power but from God: and those that are, are ordained of God. Romans 13:1) — and order in souls, including my own.

2. This order in individual souls requires integrity — that is, wholeness or completeness. Beyond that, it requires hierarchy and its corollary, subordination. I must subordinate my passions (emotions, appetites) to my will, guided by my intellect, which, in turn, is enlightened by faith. This must be done in all humility and in an absolute dependence on Jesus Christ, without whom I can do nothing.

3. If Jesus is truly my Master — if, that is, I am truly his servant and slave — then I will live by His Spirit, and I will be by grace what He wants me to be and Himself is — a Son of the Eternal Father. Then, too, the Blessed Virgin will regard me as Her own child not merely in potency, but in actual fact. If I faithfully call on Her now, consecrate myself as Her slave, and depend on Her, that maternal Mediatrix will effect all these glories in me so that my soul, too, may magnify the Lord and my spirit may rejoice in God, my Jesus.