Our Lady, Mother of the Church : Monday 1st June 2020

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Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and forever, Amen

Our Lady, Mother of the Church : Monday 1st June 2020

Gen. 3:9-15,20 or Acts 1:12-14; Ps. 87(86):
1-2,3,5,6-7; Jn. 19:25-34 (Ps Wk I)

The Garden of Eden story teaches us a lot about our-selves. We are curious; we are impatient, and we do not trust God as we ought. Adam and Eve lived in a state of happiness, joy, and peace — all they had to do was refrain from eating the fruit of one particular tree. But we desire most that which is forbidden, and it is not surprising that both fell into the trap and disobeyed God. That was not all: when confronted by God, each tried to blame the other. How typical!

And now they felt shame and fear to look God in the face. They were aware of self and believed that self was separate from God. That has been our condition ever since – we desire God but are afraid and ashamed.

Mary’s trusting obedience to God and the obedience and fidelity of her son Jesus began restoring the relation- ship we once had with God. As Jesus hung on the cross, he established a mother-son bond between Mary and the Beloved disciple.

Mary would live on in the Church. But more than that, Mary lives on in our lives when we call upon her and her son with open hearts. Jesus was able to declare his mission finished — but ours is just beginning. Let us continue the work of turning minds and hearts to God!

Lord, may I always be obedient to Your will.

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