Friday, May 20, 2011

Mary, Our Mother


Dear Parishioners,

The Blessed Virgin Mary should have a special place in the life of every Catholic (Christian).

She, from the moment of her Immaculate Conception, had God’s special graces and protection from sin.  She was chosen to be the mother of Our Lord and her “yes” to God at the Annunciation showed her obedience and willingness to cooperate with God’s plan for our salvation.  Although she had some uncertainty concerning how God’s plan would unfold in her life, she trusted in God completely.  How could a virgin have a child?  The power of the Holy Spirit could transcend what is humanly impossible.   Nothing is impossible for God!

After showing us an example of her unselfish love by helping her relative Elizabeth who was also with child (Visitation), she gave birth miraculously to Our Lord in the humble surroundings of Bethlehem (the Nativity).

Mary experienced certain sorrow in union with her Son.  When Jesus was Presented in the Temple, Simeon foretold that Mary’s heart would know pain: 

"Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." (Lk. 2: 34-35)

Subsequently, Mary knew additional grief when Jesus was eventually Found in the Temple at age twelve after having been missing.  “Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety." (Lk. 2: 48)


Although she raised and cared for Jesus, her Divine Son, she was at the same time His faithful follower.  She was present at His first miracle at the Wedding Feast of Cana.  Was she not also present even at His death on the cross?  Her fidelity, love and continued intercessory role are evident as she was given to us as our Spiritual Mother.  When her earthly life was complete, she was taken body and soul into heaven (the Assumption) and she reigns as Queen of Heaven and Earth (the Coronation).

These mysteries of our faith (as well as many others) are found in the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary--meditations which are meant to have us reflect on the some of most important aspects of our faith.  Together with wearing the Brown Scapular (of Mt. Carmel) as an outward sign, we can show our love for and devotion to Our Lady.  True, healthy devotion to her will only lead us to her Son Jesus and never detract from Him.

May we learn to imitate the faith and trust in God, the obedience to God’s will and the love for Jesus that Our Lady gave witness to in her life.  Her example of purity and sinlessness is much needed in today’s world.  May she continue to intercede for us as our patroness.

Fr. Ed Namiotka
Pastor

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