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Mary & the Witnesses at the Cross

Mary, a few other women and John stand at the center of the great saving mystery. The other women represent the rest of the community that will form Christ’s Church in pilgrimage. Mary, herself, signifies the final end of the Church, attired in glory and holiness. John is one of the apostles and he represents those who would be ministers and priests of Christ’s new people. Their numbers are few but they witness at the Cross for all who are weak and afraid.

Today, the Church counts over a billion followers within the membership. But still, only a small remnant comes to the Mass which is the unbloody re-presentation of Calvary. Many are distracted or weak or afraid to embrace their high calling. If one becomes a real or committed Christian then everything changes. Every aspect of our lives becomes subject to the critique of the Gospel. While we might be Christian in name and because water was poured upon our heads as babies, we have to freely dispose ourselves to God’s presence and commission. Faith is not magic. We must cooperate with the movement of the Holy Spirit and God’s grace. Mary still implores the Church community to follow Christ. We remember what our Lord said when she came looking for him.

He said that all who do the will of his Father are brother, sister and mother to him.

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