Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mary Our Mother

Mary is the mother of us all. According to Catholic Encyclopedia, "Christ lives in his perfect followers, and as Mary is the Mother of Christ, so she is mother of those in whom Christ lives."

So, man has an indirect right to claim Mary as our mother, in so far as we identify ourselves with Jesus by the life of grace.

Mary's spiritual motherhood of us is shown in the fact that she is the newcoming of Eve. Eve is our natural mother because she is the origin of our natural and earthly life; which means that Mary is our spiritual mother because she is the origin of our spiritual life.

Looking first at Scripture, the principal doctrine of Mary as our Spiritual Mother is found in the Gospel of John. “When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother’” (John 19: 26-27). Our Lord said, “Behold your mother.” He was not suggesting that Mary become our mother, but rather that Mary is our Mother.

But there is so much more that Mary does for her children here on earth. A mother not only gives birth, but she also is given by God so that she might nurture, feed, teach, guide, and protect her child. God entrusts her with all of these tasks. In the human family, a mother is not optional. So too, in the spiritual family Mary, our Mother, is not optional. When we show love for Mary, we in turn are showing love for God, which pleases Him.

We must try to follow in Mary's love for Jesus, and rest in her comfort and love for us so that we may grow in God. In her we find support, and a motherly figure to spiritually help us through our earthly journey.

Salve, Regina, Mater misericordiae,
vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.
ad te clamamus
exsules filii Hevae,
ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes
in hac lacrimarum valle.
Eia, ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos
misericordes oculos ad nos converte;
et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria.