Tuesday, April 03, 2007

"When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he saith to his mother: Woman, behold thy son. After that, he saith to the disciple: Behold thy mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own." (John 19:26, 27)

Our Lord has just accomplished His salvific mission, but He still needed to think about His mother. Once He said:"Thus therefore shall you pray: Our Father who art in heaven"
(Mt 6, 8-9). The presence in Heaven of sweet, merciful and caring mother like Mary would be very helpful to all of us. Now, Jesus fills the gap by giving His mother to St John, who prefigures all humankind. Through this act we became Christ's brethren, His brothers and sisters from Father's and mother's site. Oh, how blessed is this adoption. From now on, Mary is our mother! We thank you, O good and caring Master for this wonderful inheritance. This is the proof of Your great love for our souls. In this way, through tender care of the Father and kind heart of the mother, you made us safe from the attacks of the world, the flesh and the devil. Let us think what happened to our first parents in Paradise. The Lord foretold the woman who's offspring would crush serpent's head. Now we see this very woman standing under the Cross - Mary, the new Eve! That is why Our Lord calls his mother - "woman". If we need to overcome satan, our passions and the world we need to be Our Blessed Lady's steadfast clients, following example of St John: "And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own" (John 19: 27). Maybe we have something to apologize to our Heavenly Mother, maybe we did not always loved her as we should, maybe we misbehaved dreadfully in the past. Now, under the Cross of Jesus, is the perfect moment to apologize to her, to repent and to make promise of amendment: "O Blessed Mother of Our Lord and my Mother! I promise that from now on I will change my ways! I want to be your child, take me under your care, cover me with your virginal mantle and protect me against my enemies as your own property and possession"