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First, Our Mother

by Fr. David M. Knight

May 20, 2024

Memorial, The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

Lectionary 572A

Gn 3:9-15, 20 or Acts 1:12-14/Jn 19:25-34


Pope Francis has made Monday after Pentecost an annual feast day for the whole world, honoring Mary as “Mother of the Church.” See


The decree said the pope approved the celebration because he thought it might "encourage growth in understanding the Church as mother, as well as growth in genuine Marian devotion."


Theologically, to recognize Mary as our mother is to understand ourselves as sons and daughters of the Father “in the Son.” St. Leo the Great, pope from 440-461, said “the birth of the Head is also the birth of the body, therefore Mary is at once Mother of Christ, the Son of God, and mother of the members of his Mystical Body, which is the Church.”


Because in the Church we are “in Christ,” we truly have both the Father and Mother of Jesus as our Father and Mother. We are family.


Pope Francis ended his exhortation to holiness with a focus on how we relate to Mary as our mother personally and affectively:


She teaches us the way of holiness and she walks ever at our side. When we fall, she does not let us stay down… she takes us into her arms without judging us. Talking with her consoles, frees and sanctifies us. Our Mother does not need a lot of words. We don’t have to spell out what is happening in our lives. It is enough to whisper again and again, “Hail Mary…” (Rejoice and Be Glad, 176)


ACTION: Display your favorite picture of Mary.


PRAYER: “Hail Mary.” 

Reflections brought to you by the Immersed in Christ Ministry

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