It is 1st June 2020. We celebrate the memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church. It is celebrated on the Monday after Pentecost. Pope Paul VI declared, “If Mary is the Mother of Christ, and the Church is the Body of Christ, then Mary is the Mother of the Church.” The readings are from Genesis 3:9-15, 20 and the Gospel from John 19:25-34. The Catechism teaches us in 967 and 968, “By her complete adherence to the Father’s will, to his Son’s redemptive work, and to every prompting of the Holy Spirit, the Virgin Mary is the Church’s model of faith and charity. Thus, she is a “preeminent and . . . wholly unique member of the Church”; indeed, she is the “exemplary realization” of the Church. Her role in relation to the Church and to all humanity goes still further. “In a wholly singular way she cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope, and burning charity in the Savior’s work of restoring supernatural life to souls. For this reason, she is a mother to us in the order of grace.” Through Her unceasing intercession, may all families come closer to Christ. The intention and the wish of His holiness Pope Francis is to “encourage the growth of the maternal sense of the Church in the pastors, religious and faithful, as well as a growth of genuine Marian piety”. Mary and the Church are the mothers of Christ. The motherhood in them brings us closer to Christ. Saint Augustine exclaimed, “What (God) has bestowed on Mary in the flesh, He has bestowed on the Church in the spirit; Mary gave birth to the One, and the Church gives birth to the many, who through the One become one.” The first reading presents the need for New Eve who would lead all to the Creator. The maternal love of the Church is experienced in the motherhood of Mary. The Responsorial Psalm praises, “Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.” (Ps.87:3). St. John Paul II professed, “In her new motherhood in the Spirit, Mary embraces each and every one in the Church, and embraces each and every one through the Church.” The Gospel highlights the role of Mary as our mother no matter whether we accept her maternal care and contributions in the salvific plan of God through Jesus. As we celebrated the birth of the Church yesterday, so it is logical to remember the Mother who cares and guides the members of the Church. Without Mother Mary, the Church can no longer be nourished intimately and sacramentally. The Jesuit theologian Henri de Lubac remarked, “Through Mary’s divine motherhood, the Church gives birth to Christ sacramentally in the Eucharist and spiritually in souls!” Mother Mary represents at the foot of the Cross as the Mother of the Savior and the Church, every member belongs to it. In our prayerful moments, Mary as our Mother accompanies us and intercedes for us especially during this pandemic. The fiat or the Yes of Mary is the expression of her motherhood and willingness to suffer for the One who is God and Redeemer. May our Mother Mary, mother of the Church intercedes for us all members going through pain, suffering and loss during this pandemic all over the world and through Her intercession may we enjoy the blessings of the Lord today as we enter into a new month dedicated the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. May you remain blessed, protected and provided. God bless you.

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