Saturday, March 14, 2009

Ecce Mater Tua

One of the most tender moments of Our Lord on the Cross is when He looks at His Sorrowful Mother and says, Mulier, ecce filius tuus, Woman, behold your son. Then to the Beloved Disciple, Ecce Mater tua.
The Beloved Disciple, who stands for all of us, took him into his home, or as another translation could say, into his own. John, the Beloved, took Our Lady as his own mother. We also are called by Christ to take her as our Mother. She is Mother of the Church Mater Ecclesiae, the Mother of Christ -- the whole Christ, head and members. If we are to be members, truly united to Our Lord and Head, we must accept and take Our Lady into our own.
Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary is not an option. We are commanded Honor Thy Father and the Mother. Mary is truly our Mother. The Blessed Mother cares for us with a maternal effection like no other. She is one of Our Lord's greatest gifts to us. Having given us Himself in the Eucharist, he also gives us His Mother for our own. This is integral to what it means to be members of the Mystical Body of Christ. We are given, as members of His Body, His Father and His Mother! O Bonum Commercium!
St Louis Marie de Montfort tells us that devotion to Mary will draw us closer to her son. As he and so many have pointed out, her words in Scripture tell us much about her: Do whatever He tells you. Let it be done unto me according to thy word. These are words of one who can do no other than bring her servants to Christ. The Saint tells us that when we, as loyal servants of Our Lady, when we present our humble gifts to Her Son, She, as it were, polishes them for us and perfects them. So great is her love for us, that she adds her grace and merit to whatever passes through her hands.
As so many fathers of the Church tell us, God willed to come to man through the Virgin Mary; He also wills that man come to Him through the Virgin Mary. It is not that Christ is inaccessible. It's that He desires that we approach through His most Blessed Mother.
Totus Tuus sum ego, Maria! Trahe me post te ad Filium Tuum.


Flambeaux said...

Thank you, again. All of these reflections are most helpful to me.

I usually don't have anything to "comment" on, as I take them as reflections to pray over throughout the week.

But I know feedback can make a difference. So consider this positive feedback and a hearty thank you.

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