The Love of a Mother Made Perfect

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

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Our Family Stories

Over the Christmas break, this popped up in my Twitter feed: God is in love with us. He draws us to Him with tenderness by being born poor and fragile among us, like one of us. – Pope Francis.

For some reason, I have been thinking a lot about the humanity of Jesus lately. Very profoundly thinking about it in relationship to his mother, our mother, Mary. These were/are real people. When you stop to ponder this, it is much easier to understand and appreciate their relationship to us as family. When you focus on them as people and appreciate the Scriptures in this way, hearing their story is like hearing the stories of relatives shared at a family gathering. They become more real and familiar. When you hear the stories enough, it is almost as if you were there.

I believe that is the beauty of the Liturgy of the Word. These are our family stories shared around the table. To miss the meal is to miss the story. God has us over weekly for a meal that He has prepared with great love. He draws us to Him to pass on the wisdom of the ages so that the stories can continue on to the next generation in order to make us stronger as a family.

 

Jill Fischer is the Principal of St. Dominic Catholic School