Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church ~ June 6, 2022

Posted by Team Missio on Jun 1, 2022 12:33:11 PM

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Today, the Monday immediately after Pentecost, is a recently created feast that honors the Blessed Virgin Mary

Reflections on the readings for Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church (June 6, 2022): GN 3:9-15,20; PS 87:1-2,3,5,6-7; JN 19:25-34

MISSIO offers “Mission In Scripture” to nurture a missionary heart, providing reflections on the missionary themes in the readings of Sundays, Feast Days and Holy Days.

As members of His Church, we have a special claim on her generous love. We are united to Christ is a unique way through Baptism. And so, we are joined with her as well.

Only in 2018 did Pope Francis declare a new feast day honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Mother of the Church. It was designated to fall on the day after Pentecost to highlight the significance of her presence among the Apostles and other faithful followers of Christ when the Holy Spirit came upon them. That day marks the birth of the Church. And, while Mother of the Church was sometimes used to honor Mary over the centuries, it was not until recent decades that it was officially recognized. First by Pope St. Paul VI and then by Pope St. John Paul II who inserted it in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Gospel reading for today takes us to that touching moment when Jesus looked down from the cross and spoke to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to St. John. “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). Our Lord did not simply give them into each other’s care in a beautiful, but very human way. He did much more. Jesus wanted His Mother to be the Mother of all His children. And He  wanted all of us to treasure her as our own mother -- and to call on her care and guidance. 

As members of His Church, we have a special claim on her generous love. We are united to Christ is a unique way through Baptism. And so, we are joined with her as well. Just as Mary looked tenderly on St. John as they stood together at the feet of our crucified Lord, she surely gazed with compassion at those who gathered at Pentecost. Even when Jesus’ followers sometimes failed Him, like St. Peter who denied Him, the Blessed Mother knew that He forgives all who turn back to Him. And so does she. She loves us and wants us all to stay near her so that she can aid us in our troubles. She is truly the Mother of the Church and Mother of the faithful and, at those times we fall, she will be swift to lend a hand if only we ask.  

Suggested missionary action:  Let us thank Christ today for giving His mother to us for our own mother. Let us especially offer our appreciation for her care for each of us not only as her children, but also, in a special way, as members of her Son’s Church. Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us! 

Topics: Scripture reflection, Ordinary Time, God's grace, Faith

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