Thursday, March 8, 2012
Woman, behold, your son. Behold, your Mother.
Yet, in spite of all this, he is caring about his Mother and his beloved disciple – AND about me. As the only Son of a widowed Mother, he is not willing to leave her alone in the world. And so he entrusts her to his closest friend. But he knows that this woman, whom he addresses in a formal way, is also the "new Eve", the mother of all the living. And therefore he can entrust his best friend and all his future disciples - including me - to her loving care.
Mary is the mother of the whole Christ, head and body. She accepted that office with gratitude and love, and is devoted to bringing each one of us in her care to our heavenly home. During his life on earth, Jesus never refused any request Mary made of him. And now from her exalted place in heaven she continues to intercede for all our needs.
In times of doubt, pain, illness, anxiety, fear, temptation, struggle, or oppression, let us call on our Mother to counsel, guard and guide us and obtain all the graces we need on our journey of life.