Meditation for the Day

Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, June 10

May each of us always look upon the Blessed Virgin Mary as the sublime example for each of us to follow, for she is truly not only our Most Loving and Blessed Mother but also the Mother of the Church.

We read in today’s Gospel, “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 as faithful Catholics, do we not reach out to Mary in prayer and song, giving her the honor which the Mother of God is truly due? Do we not reach out to Mary asking for her prayers of intercession with her Divine Son for the needs which fill our hearts and souls?

And the Church itself truly recognized this need. Last year on March 3, 2018, Pope Francis declared that the Monday after Pentecost Sunday would be celebrated as a special Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary as Mother of the Church.

Cardinal Robert Sarah, head of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, wrote last year regarding this new Memorial, “Mary is the mother of the members of Christ, because, with charity, she cooperated in the rebirth of the faithful into the Church…Mary is at once Mother of Christ, the Son of God, and mother of the members of his Mystical Body, which is the Church.”

Cardinal Sarah also pointed out that Mary’s mission, in this respect, began in the Upper Room as she prayed with the Apostles in anticipation of the coming of the Holy Spirit as her Son had promised. For it was on this first Pentecost Sunday that our Lord’s Church, the Mystical Body of Christ, was truly born.

In God’s relentless pursuit to seeking out His sheep who have lost their way in this life, He knew from all eternity that He would one day send His Only-begotten Son into the world to be one like us in all ways except sin. And from all eternity, He knew that Mary would one day become the specially chosen daughter of the Eternal Father, who would one day be spiritually espoused to the Holy Spirit, so that she could give her own flesh to the Eternal Word through the “fiat” she gave in response to Archangel Gabriel’s greeting:

“Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you…Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High…”

And Mary responded, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”

In her humility and in her great love for her God, Mary professed her “fiat”. And, in so doing, the Eternal Father raised her to a level never before attained by any human being. In Mary’s life of faith, she exemplifies what each of us strives to become – a faithful and humble child of God, obedient to His Laws and Commandments, with a heart filled with a true and lasting sense of selfless love for others.

Mary’s relationship with God was a deeply intimate relationship, in which God became her Father, His Son became her Son in the flesh, and the Holy Spirit became the Divine Spouse of the Mother of the Eternal Word Incarnate.

And from ancient times, the Church has always looked upon the Mother of God as its own Mother, honoring her in both song and liturgy.

May each of us always look upon Mary as the sublime example for each of us to follow – the example of faith, humility, obedience and selfless love, who places our needs and prayers before the throne of her Divine Son – our Most Loving Blessed Mother and Mother of the Church!

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Por favor Comente, Le Gusta y Comparta, y Sugiera a tus amigos en Facebook – en difundir el mensaje del Misericordioso Amor de Dios.

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Scripture for the Day

  •  “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you…Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High…” (Luke 1:28, 31-32a)
  • “Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.’” (Luke 1:38a)
  • “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption.” (Galatians 4:4-5)
  • “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.’(John 19:26-27a)
  • “[After] Jesus had been taken up to heaven, the Apostles returned to Jerusalem…[they] devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus…” (Acts 1:11b, 14)
  • “Your throne, O God, stands forever…at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.” (Psalm 45:7a, 10b)

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Prayer for the Day

“O Mary, of all women,

You are the chosen one,

Who, ancient prophets promised,

Would bear God’s only Son;

“All Hebrew generations

Prepared the way to thee,

That in your womb the God-man

Might come to set man free.

“O Mary, you embody

All God taught to our race,

For you are first and foremost

In fullness of His grace;

“We praise this wondrous honor

That you gave birth to Him

Who from you took His manhood

And saved us from our sin.”

Michael Gannon (c.1641)

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