Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

The peace of the Lord be with you.

Over this last weekend we celebrated Pentecost, which is the birth of the Church through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Today, we are introduced to another member of that family of the Church.

Today is the feast of Mary as mother of the Church. Our Old Testament reading today reminds us of the fall of humankind through Adam and Eve because they failed to follow the directions God gave them. Through the actions of Jesus and Mary this breach has been repaired. Through the gift of Baptism we become children of God and are reunited in relationship to God. This was a tremendous act of courage on behalf of Mary who accepted this task without fully understanding where it would lead her or what it would cost.

As we ponder this great mystery let us be mindful of the pivotal role that she plays in salvation history then and now.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Readings for Monday, May 24, 2021