Memorial of Mary Mother of the church, year A

Theme: Mary our mother

Today as the church celebrates Mary as the mother of the church, it presents us the opportunity to remind us of the place of Mary in both the church and in our lives. It is such that it cannot be taken for granted by anyone. Taking into consideration the fact that she was specially chosen by God to be the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. This bond of love that exists between our mother Mary and his son Jesus Christ, is very deep and cannot be broken by anyone or situation. Our Mother Mary was present from the very beginning in the life of Jesus and in the life of the believers, that culminates in what we refer today as the church.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, the presence of our mother Mary in the life of the church is eternal, just like that of his son Jesus Christ. Let us continue to appreciate the role of our mother Mary in the life of the church and all her efforts to ensure that the mission of his son is fulfilled. She is referred to as the first disciple of Jesus and did all she could to support the mission of God that was to be fulfilled by Christ. The presence of our mother Mary is still very much present in the church today, and all those who go to her with faith experience the blessings and love of a mother from her. Her maternal mantle over the church is very strong and powerful, a gift she enjoys from God, because of her role in the history of human salvation. Her role is very central, she is the mother of the church, the mother of Jesus, and our mother. Thus, let us befriend her today by trying to emulate her wonderful virtues. They are so many, but we can decide to pick a few and begin to work to practice them in our daily life. I am sure in no distant time; we will begin to see the positive change it will bring into our life.

Dear friends in Christ, as we celebrate our mother Mary today as the mother of the church, I would also like to point out from the 1st reading, something we need to be mindful of in our lives. We see Adam and Eve going against what God told them about the fruit in the garden. Instead of taking responsibility for their failing, they started shifting the blame to someone else, even though they were not forced. Adam said it was Eve, while Eve said it was the serpent. We must learn to take responsibility for our actions, and then we can remorsefully beg for forgiveness and not by shifting blame for something we were not forced to do.

As we do this, may our mother Mary continue to be with us all, in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.

Memorial of Mary the mother of the church year A, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp