Monday of 10th Week of OT

The Mother Protects and Takes Care Her Children

In 2018, Pope Francis inserted into the General Roman Calendar, the Roman Missal, and the Liturgy of the Hours the memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church. This Memorial Day celebrates each year on Monday after the Pentecost Sunday.

In this Memorial Day, the second option for the first reading, written in the book of Acts, reported the scene after Jesus had been taken up to heaven, the Apostles returned to Jerusalem and entered the upper room with some women and Mary the mother of Jesus gathered together to pray. And in today’s Gospel, the Church chose the reading from the Gospel of John which portrayed a scene that there were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary, the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala together with the disciple whom he loved. He said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.”

Both today’s readings portrayed Mary, the Mother of Jesus, chosen to be the Mother of the Church was always present to her Son and to the disciples of Jesus. Even at the moment of suffering of her son on the cross or after he’s gone up to heaven, Mary was there with her son and his disciples. Perhaps, the moment of death is the moment of sadness and distressed. The moment of suffering is the moment of weakness and vulnerable for human beings. Thanks be to God that Mary was strongly present to her son, to his disciples, and to the Church.

In the book, The Heart of the Enlightened, Anthony de Mello, S.J., recalls a story about a woman was leaning over the victim of a street accident and the crowd was looking on. Suddenly she was roughly pushed aside by a man who said, “Step back, please. I’ve had a course in first aid.” The woman looked on for a few minutes while the man got busy with the victim. Then she said calmly, “When you come to the part where you have to send for the doctor, I’m already here!” More often, Anthony said, than you imagine, the doctor is already there—inside the person you are attempting to help! So why bother with first aid? Summon the doctor!

Just as the doctor is present right there with the victim of a street accident, and our Blessed Virgin Mary is present right there with the disciples of Jesus at her son suffering, death, and resurrection, we are reminded that she is always with us, the Church. In difficulties and challenges of life, we are invited to “behold” her as our Mother, the Mother always takes care and protects her children.


Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen

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