Deacon Anthony Cincotta
Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church
Book of Genesis 3:9-15, 20, Psalm 87:1-2, 3, 5, 6, and 7, & John 19:25-34
In 2018, Pope Francis helped the Church return to an ancient devotion to the Blessed Virgin. Every year on Monday, the day after Pentecost, the Church will forever honor Mary as Mother of the Church.
Saint Augustine saw Mary as a mother to the faithful because she played such a decisive role in bringing Jesus into the world. Through her motherhood, we are reborn in faith through Jesus. Pope Leo the Great said something similar in proclaiming that Mary is both Mother of God’s Son, Jesus, and His mystical body in the world, the Church.
Today’s Gospel narrative from Saint John shows us Mary at the foot of the cross, where she perpetually became Mother of the Church when Jesus gave her to His beloved disciple, John, who stands for all of us.
Catholics honor Mary as a person who was glorified through her willingness to trust God. Mary’s sorrows and joys, hopes for her child and beloved spouse, and her quiet endurance ring true to the experience of families today. She is easy to identify with, and through her faithfulness, God changed the world. We call her “Our Lady” and “Mother” because she is our Mother in faith and our model of holiness.
When we pray to Mary, we direct our prayer to God, the source of all things. We humbly ask for Mary’s intercession with these prayers. We ask her to carry our requests and offerings of thanksgiving to God, and we are confident that Mary will do so in her care for us as our Blessed Mother in faith.
Friends, today’s celebration will help us to remember that growth in the Christian life must be anchored to the Mystery of the Cross, to the offering of Christ in the Eucharistic Banquet, and to the Mother of the Redeemer and Mother of the redeemed, the Virgin who said “Yes” for the benefit of all of us.
Question of the Day: Will you offer your prayers to Mary, Mother of the Church, to intercede to her Son, our Lord Jesus Christ?
Prayer: Dear Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us as we seek new life through your Son, Jesus our Lord and Savior. Amen.