Homily for Monday of the 9th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle II
Theme: MARY MOTHER OF THE CHURCH, PRAY FOR US YOUR CHILDREN
By: Rev. Fr. Jacob Aondover ATSU
Homily for Monday June 1 2020
READINGS: GENESIS 3:9-15.20, PSALM 87, JOHN 19:25-34
The elated title, ‘Mother of the Church’ – ‘Mater Ecclesiae’, was officially given to Mary during the Second Vatican Council by Pope Paul VI. The title was first used in the 4th century by Saint Ambrose of Milan. In his encyclical letter, ‘Redemptoris Mater’ (No. 47), Pope John Paul II stated that overall the title indicates the Blessed Virgin Mary’s maternity of Christ’s faithful, as deriving from her maternity of Christ in that “Mary is present in the Church as the Mother of Christ, and at the same time as that Mother whom Christ, in the mystery of the Redemption, gave to humanity in the person of the Apostle John [cf. John 19:27]. Thus, in her new motherhood in the Spirit, Mary embraces each and every one in the Church, and embraces each and every one through the Church.” As important as Mary’s role as Mother of the Church is, she was overtime not celebrated in this regard. Pope Francis therefore, on 3rd March, 2018 approved this celebration to be observed today across the universal Church.
Given to John as Mother by her ‘dying Son’, Jesus Christ, Mary ‘mothers’ all of Christ’s faithful whom John represented at the foot of the Cross. She cares, cherishes, intercedes, prays for and occasions our blessings as she did at the wedding feast in Cana of Galilee (Jn. 2:3,5). As she accompanied the eleven apostles in prayer after Jesus’ ascension, (Acts 1:14); so also, she journeys with the militant Church always. Today is a noble invitation that we humbly pray through her and with her to Jesus who sent the Holy Spirit upon us yesterday as promised.
Beloved friends in Christ, children of Mary Mother of the Church, may I kindly invite us to call upon the offspring of Eve of whom Genesis 3:15 says “…will crush the cunning serpent’s head” to help us in our spiritual or supernatural battles. She is renowned for interceding for those held captive by the devil and his cohorts. She’ll never forsake those whom her son would rather save and you are that person. Turn to her maternal care this day and you’d never regret you did.
Let us pray. “REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me”. May she answer us and help humanity in her fight against the corona virus pandemic. Amen.
HAPPY NEW MONTH BELOVED FRIENDS.
DO REMEMBER TO FEED ONE POOR SOUL