The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church
Malvern Minute

 

The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

Memorial

June 1, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Genesis 3:9-15, 20

Psalm 87

John 19-25:34

 

We are indeed blessed that, on March 3, 2018, Pope Francis has given us this new day to remember Mary as the Mother of the Church celebrated each year on the Monday after Pentecost.  As we just heard in the Gospel, this was our Lord’s dying wish and His final gift to us.  The words that Jesus spoke as He hung on the cross, He speaks to all of us.  He tells us to look into the eyes of Mary, and He says to us, “Behold, your Mother!”  Jesus gives us His own Mother to be our Mother.  Today we are reminded to reflect on this beautiful gift, which is part of the mystery of God’s plan for our lives.

In the great story of salvation, God the Father sends His only Son to be born of a woman.  Jesus comes to us through Mary and we go to Jesus through Mary.  She is part of His mission from the beginning.  From the moment she says “yes” to the angel, and He is conceived beneath her Immaculate Heart, by the power of the Holy Spirit she helps change the history of the world forever.

In her love, Mary carried Jesus in her womb, gave birth to Him, presented Him in the Temple and raised Him with her husband Joseph in their holy household in Nazareth.

Mary, our Mother, was there with His apostles when He began His earthly ministry at the wedding feast in Cana.  She was among the women who followed Him, listening to His teaching and witnessing His miracles.  When He was betrayed and abandoned she stood by Him at the foot of the cross.   Upon our Lord’s death Mary became the maternal heart of His Church.

Mary is the heart of the Church, the Mother of the Family of God.  She is with us sharing our joys and hopes, helping us in all the challenges of our daily lives.  Our Blessed Mary opens her arms to us with tender love, to give us comfort and guidance.  

We must see Mary as Jesus sees her.  We must love her as our Lord loves her.  We must ask her to intercede for us and to help us to grow in faith in order to do the will of God.  We must pray to her everyday.

Question of the Day:  How will you bring our Blessed Mother into your home to share her love for her Son with your family? 

Prayer:  “Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that any one who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought they intercession, was left unaided.  Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins my Mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful; O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.  Amen:  (The Memorare.) 

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic.  Please pray the Holy Rosary for an end to Covid-19.

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