Monday, June 1, 2020

The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

In other years: Saint Justin Martyr (-165)

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 7:34
Mass: Gn 3:9-15, 20 or Acts 1:12-14; Resp Ps 87; Jn 19:25-34

Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.

Standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother and His mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.
(Jn 19:25)

Today we honor Mary as Mother of the Church. It is a good day to remember all the women in our lives, living and dead, who have stood by us through thick and thin; those who have nourished, strengthened, comforted, and guided us. O so many strong and courageous women.

She stands there-noble, dignified, courageous, strong. Stabat Mater, the mother stood. She had to be there to share His pain, to be part of His mental anguish. She was no casual onlooker, no idle spectator. She shared His pain; she was part of His anguish. Strangely, wondrously, she was again mother. His mother in His hour of need, but our mother as well. We call her Mother, because she truly is, and thus she is now our mother in our time of need, calling us to be like her-dignified, noble, courageous, strong.
(Basil Hume, Hope from the Cross: Reflections on Jesus' Seven Last Words, p. 36)


Today's photo: Sage against the California sky. Thanks J.

© Gertrude Feick 2020

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