Wednesday, May 6
While we wait to learn about the May Crowning at SCA, let’s reflect Mary’s importance in the life of the Church and in our own lives. Why we honor Mary in May has a story of its own, but according to acclaimed journalist Marge Fenelon, these are five reasons why it makes sense to honor her this month.
- Mary is Jesus’ mother.
She is the instrument of the Incarnation and her “yes” made it possible for our Lord to become the God-man who was Crucified for our salvation.
- Mary is the first and most perfect disciple.
She was the first to hear the Good News. She was the first to follow Christ. Her entire life was devoted to him and to carrying on his mission.
- Mary is our mom.
Since we are all members of the body of Christ, and she gave birth to that Body, then she is our mother, too. She gave us spiritual birth by giving her “yes”.
- Mary loves us more than is imaginable.
She endured the horror of seeing her Son tortured, scourged, crowned with thorns, carry the Cross, and die a gruesome death. Mary did this for all of us, because she knew and understood that Christ’s Passion and Crucifixion were the only way to our salvation. She loves us more than any human mother could.
- Mary is advocate, helper, benefactress, and mediatrix (the intercessory role of the Blessed Virgin Mary as a mediator in the salvific redemption by her son Jesus Christ and that he bestows graces through her).
Her job began the moment Jesus was conceived in her womb and continues to this day and into eternity. She will continue to intercede on our behalf so that we may receive the gifts of eternal salvation. Mary is at work 24/7/356 forever, for whatever we need, whenever we need it.
Let us Pray
We fly to your protection, most holy Mother of God; please listen to our petitions and needs, and deliver us from all dangers, ever glorious and blessed Virgin Mary.
Mary, our model and mother, by your obedience and patience you have taught us how to be true children of God. Please help us by your powerful assistance to overcome all our weaknesses, and to fulfill perfectly our tasks in life.
By your compassionate aid may we ever stand in spirit with you beneath the cross of Christ so that we may also rejoice with you in your divine Son’s triumphant victory over sin and death.
In your maternal kindness help us to be faithful to prayers in the company of God’s Church as you were one with the Apostles in the upper room as you waited for the promised Spirit of Pentecost.
With your gracious assistance may we be near you in the glory of Christ’s kingdom come to sing with you and all the faithful the eternal praise of God.