Behold, your mother

As Catholics, we are called by Jesus to welcome Mary, our mother, into our homes and into our hearts. And she will lead us to obedience to the Father and trust in her Son.

Today, we celebrate the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary as Mother of the Church.

As Catholics, we venerate (not praise or glorify) Mary. We give her the highest honor and respect given to a human being. But who is Mary for us Catholics?

Mary is our example of obedience. She teaches us to obey the will of the Father despite the uncertainties she would be facing when she said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”

Mary leads us to her Son. Whenever we ask for her intercession, she does not lead us to herself. Instead, she always leads us to trust in her Son and in His kindness and mercy just like what she did during the wedding at Cana when she said to the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Mary is our Queen Mother, the gebira, who intercedes for the people to the King, who is her Son, like how she interceded for the couple in Cana. She is also the Queen Mother is always found at the side of the King. “On entering the house [the magi] saw the child with Mary his mother.”

Mary is the New Eve. Through the old Eve’s disobedience, death entered into the world. Through the new Eve’s obedience, Jesus came into the world freeing us even from the grasp of death. Through Mary, the promise of the protoevangelium was fulfilled: “I will put enmity between you [the serpent] and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; They will strike at your head, while you strike at their heel.”

Most of all, Mary is our mother, whom Jesus entrusted us to and entrusted us with.

“Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.” — John 19:27

As Catholics, we are called by Jesus to welcome Mary, our mother, into our homes and into our hearts. And she will lead us to obedience to the Father and trust in her Son.


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