Monday, June 10, 2019

Mater Ecclesiae

The Monday after Pentecost Sunday is the Feast of Mary, Mother of the Church. From Northwest Catholic:
A few moments before dying, Jesus made us heirs of his most precious treasure on Earth: his own Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary. “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.” (John 19:26-27) Jesus knew his mother should not be alone. She needed children to look after, children who would make her feel she was their mother, who would come to her aid and who would seek refuge under her mantle. 
Jesus’ beloved disciple, representing all the beloved disciples of Jesus, welcomes Mary into his home from that day. In this way, the church embraces Mary as its mother for all ages. The apostles first, and then the entire church, will need a Mother who can summon them in love, who can help them to reconcile after a feud, who appeases them when tension arises, who consoles them when things don’t go as expected, who gives them hope when all seems lost, and who prays with them and for them. In such a way, the Mother of God becomes the mother of the beloved disciple and the Mother of the Church. (Read more.)

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