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Christ’s Demand & Mary’s Final Work

mary.mother.of.jesus.01We are all searching for meaning and answers. Mary and Jesus are at the core of this pursuit for Christians. Meditation upon the mysteries of the Rosary helps us to access what we need to know and insures that we do not lose our bearings in a secular society filled with distractions. If the Church is a ship and the Pope is our captain, then we sail as pilgrims by the Mary Star to that Promised Shore where Christ awaits us. While the Bible is a library of inspired books, the Rosary is a collection of prayers. I have often preached upon how Catholicism interprets saving faith as humble obedience or submission to God’s will. Jesus tells John, “Behold your Mother” (see John 19:26-27). Notice that he does not ask a question like, “Please, would you take care of my Mother for me?” Rather, he gives a direct command to John and through him to all mankind who would be redeemed. Further, he attests to her motherhood but leaves the full dynamics of the relationship unspoken. There is a duality in this command. We are being told to cherish Mary as our spiritual Mother, always insuring her rightful place in the lives and hearts of believers. There is also a final summons for Mary. Mary accepted the motherhood of Christ in the Annunciation. At Calvary, she embraces her new role as the Mother of Christ’s Mystical Body, the Church. She cooperates in the redemptive work of her Son and becomes our chief intercessor among the saints.

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