O God, You have chosen the apostles to make disciples of all nations and by baptism and confirmation have called all of us to build up Your Holy Church.
Mary, Mother of God
oday is the feast of Mary, the Mother of God, and the feast underscores two points about Mary.
First, Mary is our mother. She is not just the mother of Jesus, who lived 2000 years ago, she is also our mother who lives today. From her place in heaven, she wants to help us with a motherís help.
Second, Mary is also our model. She is someone we can admire and imitate. Let us consider just one of her traits—her trust in God.
When the angel told Mary she would bear a son by the Holy Spirit, Mary knew that this could cause Joseph to break off his engagement to her. And indeed, he almost did. But she put her trust in God, and when the shepherds reported what the angels had said, Mary did not understand their words. But, again, she put her trust in God.
Later, when Mary and Joseph took the infant Jesus to the Temple, Simeon told Mary,
When Jesus was 12, He remained behind in the Temple. When Mary asked him about this, Jesus replied,
Mary can also help us trust. For example, we may be a parent who is concerned about a son or a daughter. Perhaps the son or daughter has stopped going to church, or is involved in a harmful relationship. No amount of prayer, good example, or reasoning does any good. All thatís left now, is to pray, and to trust. Mary will help us, do this.
Or we may be a young person who is concerned about the future. We are not sure what we want to do; and we are not sure what God wants us to do. We have talked to our parents and counselors. We have even prayed for guidance, but we are still in the dark.
All thatís left is to pray and to trust. Mary will help us do this.
Or we may be a person who is concerned about personal faith. We know it is not strong; we worry about it; we have prayed to God for help, but He doesnít seem to hear our prayers; we are even beginning to wonder, if He exists. All thatís left now, is to pray and to trust. Mary will help us do this.
And so todayís feast reminds us of something we may have forgotten. It reminds us that Mary is our model and our mother. Sheís someone we can turn to in time of need. She is someone who can help us; someone who wants to help us.
All we need to do is turn to her. If we are looking for a New Yearís resolution, we could do no better than to resolve to give Mary a bigger role in our life. Saying rosary is one of our ways to express our devotion to her.