Mary, our Mother

Mary, our Mother

MARY, THE MOTHER OF GOD, is our mother, too. Just as Mary gave us Jesus through God’s grace, so Jesus in turn gave Mary to the Church when he said to the beloved disciple, “Behold, your mother” (Jn 19:27)…In the gift of Mary’s motherhood, the Christian welcomes the mother of God “into his own home.”

Christ personally hands over his mother to each individual on Calvary in the person of the beloved disciple… No matter how lost we are, no matter how conflicted, no matter how troubled, we are hopeful in the knowledge that we have been given a mother who loves us with a constant, undying love. We can withstand whatever befalls us because Mary is our mother.

To be totally human we need a mother to love us who is the mother of God. Jesus knew this when, from the cross, he gave his mother into the keeping of the beloved disciple and, in doing so, gave her to the Church for all time. In turn, whenever Mary loves us, she gives us Jesus.

Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P.