….by His Wounds we are healed
Volume XVII, Number 4
Dear Donnes of Reparation, Family and Friends,
“Motherhood: all love begins and ends there.” We are nearing Passiontide, an appropriate time to meditate upon the place of Our Blessed Virgin Mary in this Redemptive event.
In the journey of His public life, amidst the crowd, a woman raised her voice and said to Jesus: “Blessed is the womb that bore Thee and the breasts that gave Thee suck.” These words were obviously honoring Mary as the Mother of Jesus according to the flesh. But to such words Jesus responded, “Yea rather, blessed are they who hear the Word of God, and keep it.” Here, He chooses to emphasize the importance and preeminence of spiritual Maternity, linking it to hearing and observing God’s Word over the purely natural maternity. He is honoring the total gift of His Beloved Mother, for truly she heard “the Word of God and kept it” to the very end.
Mary accepted heaven’s invitation at the Annunciation. She gave birth to her beloved Lord in the humbleness of a cave. She nurtured and taught Him all the human traits necessary that He might be ready to complete redemption’s commands.
She joined Him at Cana and supported Him throughout His public years. She traveled with Him to Calvary and bore His sorrows in the most demeaning circumstances. “At the Cross her station keeping, stood the mournful Mother weeping, close to Jesus to the last.” She wept holding Him in her arms and buried Him in a borrowed tomb. In this, her lifetime “Fiat” she is chosen to be co-redemptrix.
She awaited all that He had foretold of His Resurrection and witnessed His glory. When He returned to His Father, Mary was there to “Mother” the Church and guide its first disciples. She was the “Mother” in prayer and praise of God with the Apostles, the women and Jesus’ relatives. She, the Mother of Jesus, at one with her Lord, prepared the Apostles for the Descent of the Holy Spirit for the birth of the Church of which she is “Mother”!
Since her Assumption into heaven, she has returned to her earthly children time and time again sharing a mother’s love and guidance. She has not abandoned us or our beloved church.
As our Lenten days draw to a close, let us consider the importance of the Mother of the Redeemer. Truly, she guides our eyes, our minds and our thoughts directly to her Son. Let us ask her for the strength and courage to stand with Christ no matter the cost. Let us ask her to open our understanding to Jesus’ act of redemption as seen through her eyes and her heart.
Motherhood: all love begins and ends there. Mary! Remember me, guide me, teach me, love me that I may someday enter the Kingdom of Heaven to live forever with you and your Divine Son!
Mother Mary of the Angels, S.R. March 2018
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