Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your Mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
Immediately after the feast of Pentecost, we celebrate the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church. In this Church she is the daughter, like you and me. She is the first who could savour grace in its fullness, the first to be saved by the death and resurrection of the Lord. In her all humanity is presented to the Lord. The Lord entrusted His Church to the motherhood of His Mother, and so He invited His disciple to welcome her, for she will continue her mission, for an eternity.
She was close to the cross, and she is still today, close to the cross of humanity that suffers from a lack of true love and true forgiveness. In this accompaniment, she is never alone. She is with the disciples of the Lord, with the lovers of her Son. In remembering her motherhood, can we imitate her humanity, her service to the people of God? Let us try to establish a good relationship with her, for in her motherhood, through her intersession, we can enjoy the grace of her Son.
Action of the day: Be a child of Mary.
«Behold, your mother»
Fr. Alexis MANIRAGABA
Today we remember Mary, Mother of the Church. In this sense, we contemplate the spiritual motherhood of Mary in connection with the Church, which is —in itself— Mother of the People of God, since "no one can have God for Father, who has not the Church for his Mother" (Saint Cyprian). Mary is the Mother of the Son of God and at the same time Mother of those who love her Son and those “well-loved” by her Son, in accordance with that “Woman, behold your son; disciple: Behold your mother” (Jn 19:26-27), just as Jesus said. Giving his body to men and returning his spirit to his Father, Jesus Christ even gave his Mother to his friends.
And the greatest love is the one with which Jesus loves the Church (Eph 5:25), to which his friends belong. Therefore, children adopted by God cannot have Jesus as brother if they do not have Mary as Mother because, while Mary loves her Son, she loves the Church of which she is an eminent member. Which does not mean that Mary is superior to the Church, but that She is "mother of the members of Christ" (St. Augustine).
The Second Vatican Council adds that Mary is "truly the mother of the members of Christ for having cooperated with her love for the faithful, who are members of that Head (Jesus), to be born into the Church." Furthermore, while remaining in the midst of the Apostles in the Upper Room (Acts 1:14), Mary —Mother of the Church— recalls the presence, gift and action of the Holy Spirit in the missionary Church. By imploring the Holy Spirit in the heart of the Church, Mary prays with the Church and prays for the Church, because "already assumed in the glory of heaven, she accompanies and protects the Church with her maternal love" (Preface to the Mass “Mary, Mother of the Church”).
Mary takes care of her children. We can, therefore, entrust to her the whole life of the Church, as did Pope Saint Paul VI: "O, Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, to you we recommend the entire Church and our ecumenical council!”