Beyond blood ties
October 13, 2018 Saturday 27th Week in Ordinary Time 1st Reading: Gal 3:22–29 Gospel: Luke 11:27-28
As Jesus was speaking, a woman spoke from the crowd and said to him, “Blessed is the one who bore you and nursed you!” Jesus replied, “Surely blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it as well.” cannot be assumed. By declaring those who hear the word of God and practice it as his mothers and brothers, Jesus was not only raising the level of Mary’s significance from the biological to the spiritual, but also opened himself to a possible relationship with anyone desirous of embracing God’s will.
Mary cooperated. She took her biological motherhood to the spiritual level by being a disciple of her own son. In so doing she was effectively taking that biological motherhood beyond the confines of their home in Nazareth to become the universal mother of all. This was later confirmed by Jesus’ offer of Mary at Mt. Calvary to be John’s mother. This offer is interpreted by Theologians as symbolically offering Mary to be mother of all humanity. This happened when Jesus told Mary and the Apostle John, “Son behold they mother; woman behold they son”.
Mary had been an excellent intercessor for us because of the favor she enjoys with Jesus as confirmed by the Cana event. Our slogan “To Jesus through Mary” encapsulates our conviction that Mary who enjoys the favor of the Lord will never keep devotees to herself. In Mary, nobody is lost because she makes sure that the devotee finds his way to salvation. Here lies our greater admiration for her.
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