How often we may tell children, “Listen to your mother.” Today we celebrate Mary, Mother of the Church. It reminds us not to just listen to but try to imitate our mother. It is wonderful to acclaim her in flowered grottos and in May crownings, but let’s not forget her intense suffering.
Mary our mother was a strong woman who walked by utter faith, not by sight. She did not know the end of the story as we do. She suffered as a mother does when her child is sick or bullied. Imagine the great “why” that flooded her heart as she stood at the Cross, for her Child had only done good. Overcome with sorrow but without bitterness, she stayed close to Jesus to the last.
Today, may we ask Mary to teach us to walk by faith. May we, like her, stay close to Jesus to the last, without bitterness—no matter what—in all the events of our life!
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