"The King Who is to come; O come let us adore Him."
29th Day: THE LITTLE MAID
There is a tradition which asserts that, besides
Joseph and Mary, there was present in the stable
at Bethlehem a little maid, who had accompanied
them from Nazareth, and who ministered to our
Lady and the new-born Child.
Consider the happiness of this little servant,
who was privileged to wait upon the holy Mother
of God. If to wait upon a Queen is considered an
honor worthy of maidens of the highest birth,
how much more to wait upon the Queen of
Heaven! Angels must have envied her the task,
and longed to be allowed to share in it, I, too,
can wait upon Mary, by walking in processions in
her honor, by kneeling before her statue, by offering
her flowers or votive candles; or if this is out
of my power, by declaring to her my loyalty and
desire to serve her.
Consider how this maiden had a still greater
privilege. She ministered to God Himself as He
lay in the manger. She had the singular honor of
being the first after His Mother and St. Joseph to
wait upon the King of kings; to carry Him in.
her arms, and to look upon the Face of God; to
fold Him to her bosom. How pure and holy she
must have been. How pure and holy I ought to
be, who in Holy Communion am brought into still
closer contact with the Sacred Body of Christ!
Consider how you would have acted had you
been that little servant. Imagine yourself ministering
to the Infant Jesus. How unworthy of the
task, yet how eager to fulfill it well, to anticipate
the wishes of Mary! Do I thus minister to Him in