Homily for the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church
Jun 1st, 2020 by Fr. Jack
Most of us who have grown up in the Catholic faith have always understood Jesus’ mother, Mary, to be our Blessed Mother. Today’s Gospel depicts the moment when Jesus proclaimed her to be the Mother of the Church.
As the Mother of the Church, Mary is very much a part of our relationship with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. She answered the call of God the Father through her conversation with the angel Gabriel. She gave birth to and raised Jesus, His Son. She was present on the original Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended upon the first leaders of the Church.
When she stood at the foot of the Cross, just moments before her Son died, He proclaimed her to be not just the mother of His beloved disciple, but the mother of all His disciples, the Mother of the Church.
May we seek to live out our faith as did our Blessed Mother. May we be guided by her example, and may we rely on her intercession for us in heaven+