A Message from Deacon Greg Diciaula
Each year on Mother’s Day, as we express the love and gratitude we feel for our mothers, I also reflect on the gift that Jesus gave to us before the total gift of Himself on the Cross; the gift of His mother to be our own.
May is the month dedicated to Mary, the Mother of our Lord. Jesus entrusted Mary to his beloved disciple and to the entire Church with these tender words recorded in John’s Gospel:
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”
Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. John 19:26, 27
Mary was there at the incarnation, birth, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus. She was there on the day of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church. She was there as the first evangelizer and disciple, as she visited with her cousin, Elizabeth.
Her “Fiat” (Let it be done) given in response to the angel Gabriel, provides an example for each one of us. Mary said “Yes” and her humble surrender serves as a model for the vocation of every Christian.
Through her response, Mary shows each one of us the pattern of human love surrendered to God’s love, and finding its fulfillment. She also shows us the love of a mother made perfect.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners…
Deacon Greg Diciaula