HOMILY FOR THE MEMORIAL OF MARY MOTHER OF THE CHURCH
THEME: The New Eve!
BY: Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese)
HOMILY FOR MONDAY JUNE 6 2022
Gen.3:9-15,20; John 19:25-34
Mater Ecclesiae (Mother of the Church) is not a new title for Mary in Catholic Mariology. It was officially given to Mary during the Second Vatican Council by Pope Paul VI, though it had been earlier used by Pope Benedict XIV in 1748 and Pope Leo XIII in 1885. However, this year marks the fifth time “Mary Mother of the Church” is celebrated as an obligatory memorial, following Pope Francis’ March 3rd, 2018 decree, that every Monday after Pentecost Sunday shall be thus celebrated.
Friends, Mary is not only Mother of God (Theotokus), she is the New Eve, mother of the Church, and mother of us all. Just as Eve was so called because she was the mother of all the living, so also Jesus gave his mother to his beloved disciple to be our mother. By God’s grace, she has become the new Eve, and co-mediatrix of all graces. This same woman, who stood by the foot of the cross of her son, as he suffered and died for our sakes, continues to stand by the Church even today. May we, through her intercession, find strength for every trial, Amen.
Good morning dear. God bless your week ahead. Holy Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us sinners who have recourse to you.
We pray for the repose of the souls of all those who died at St Francis Cath. Church, Owo, Ondo State Nigeria, yesterday. May they rest in peace. Amen.