Mary, Mother of the Church
Each year, the first day is dedicated to Mary, Mother of God. She gave birth to Jesus, who established the Church, dying on the cross. There, on the cross, He entrusted all mankind to his mother Mary, saying, “Woman, behold, your son.”
When Pope Francis instituted the memorial ‘Mary, Mother of Church’ said, “The Mother standing beneath the cross, accepted her Son’s testament of love and welcomed all people in the person of the beloved disciple as sons and daughters to be reborn unto life eternal. She thus became the tender Mother of the Church which Christ begot on the cross handing on the Spirit. Christ, in turn, in the beloved disciple, chose all disciples as ministers of his love towards his Mother, entrusting her to them so that they might welcome her with filial affection.” (Vatican News, March 3, 2018)
On Pentecost, “all were in one place together” (Acts 2:1). One place – the upper room where Jesus’ disciples were standing, devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
In Nazareth, Mary accepted her vocation to be Mother of God, and she bore Jesus, the Son of God, in Bethlehem. On Calvary, Mary accepted her new vocation to be Mother of Church. In Jerusalem, in the upper room where all were baptized with the Holy Spirit, Mary, the spouse of the Holy Spirit, became the Mother of Church, Mother of all humanity.
Many saints acknowledged Mary as ‘Mother of Church’, a Mother, who loves and listens to the petitions of her children, who protects and intercedes with God. Blessed Alphonse Marie turned to her heavenly Mother with childlike trust. She believed that Mother of God, who carried for her and God’s Son, is also carrying for His Church as a Mother. She expressed it, “We should firmly believe that we are children of Mary and that we are loved by our Mother. It is an extraordinary blessing to take refuge in Mary, to desire her and to acknowledge her as our mother.”
Let us turn to Mary, Mother of Church, with childlike trust. Let us ask her to intercede for us, for our needs. Let us say to her our worries, our happiness, and our desires. Do not hesitate to open your heart to her, because “When a soul turns to Mary with childlike confidence, she will never be repulsed, for Mary is too good; she cannot act otherwise, she can refuse nothing. Her love is too great.” (Blessed Alphonse Marie)