Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church– June 1, 2020

Reflection on John 19:25-34

“Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother.’” (John 19: 25-27)

Pope Francis has decreed that the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church be celebrated on the Monday after Pentecost each year. In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus entrusts Mary to “the disciple whom he loved.” This disciple is a personification of the Church, of you and me. Jesus entrusts Mary to be our mother.

This is a wonderful time for us to place ourselves in the loving arms of our Mother Mary. Times are tough. We continue to deal with the coronavirus and its aftermath, and most recently with the brutal death of George Floyd, followed by demonstrations, and violence which greatly troubles us. What better time can there be for us to envision ourselves being held by the Mother of God, and rocked gently to calm our fears and to bring us a sense of peace.

Throughout Scripture, where Mary goes, peace follows. During her pregnancy, Mary travels to visit Elizabeth, who exclaims “And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Luke 1:43) At the wedding at Cana, Mary persuades Jesus to turn water into wine, bringing peace, joy and God’s abundance to an otherwise difficult situation. (John 2:1-12). After the Ascension, Mary helps provide peace and stability to the Apostles as they prayerfully begin the process of forming the Church. (Acts 1: 13-14)

Today, let us invite Mary into our hearts to help bring us the peace of Christ, the peace the world cannot give (John 14:27), and allow her to hold us in her loving arms.

Peace to you and your family.

+Deacon Tom