Today is the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. Here are Mary’s 7 sorrows:
1. The Prophecy of Simeon. (Luke 2:34-35) or the Circumcision of Christ
2. The Flight into Egypt. (Matthew 2:13)
3. The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple. (Luke 2:43-45)
4. Mary Meets Jesus on the Way to Calvary. (Luke 23:26)
5. Jesus Dies on the Cross. (John 19:25)
6. Mary Receives the Body of Jesus in Her Arms. (Matthew 27:57-59)
7. The Body of Jesus is Placed in the Tomb. (John 19:40-42)
Today we celebrate the Queenship of our dearest Mama Mary. She is powerful, our queen. She protects us as the queen bee protects her baby bees. We do well to invoke her power often, a power she has because God gave it to her. Even in every day moments….like
- Hail Mary, full of grace, help me find a parking place
- Hail Mary, full of grace, this test help me ace
- Hail Mary, full of grace, hit the devil in the face
Today, on this solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother, we celebrate that Mary was assumed, body and soul, into heaven. It is scriptural. We hear in our first reading St. John’s vision. He sees Mary, body and soul, in heaven. What a vision! Christians have always revered this day.
This is what I did at school Mass–
- The human is like a balloon: the body (the rubber) and the soul (the air inside).
- Genesis says that God breathed and we were made, body and soul.
- In the fullness of time, Jesus came as man, like us. Body and soul.
- Jesus, by his own power, ascended into heaven….like a balloon with helium…body and soul.
- Mary was assumed, body and soul….no helium. She went up by Jesus’ power.
- Those are the only two bodies we know for sure are up there.
- As for the rest of us, if we die and have been faithful, our souls will go up. But bodies stay here.
- Until the second coming, when scripture says our bodies will rise up.
Two thoughts today. First, as always we should on a Saturday in OT, we honor the Blessed Mother. One reason we ought to love our dearest mother is that God, when he became man, gave himself entirely to Mary. He gave everything to her, in a generosity that puts even the widow in our gospel to shame. She in turn gave everything to Him. Second thought. The widow in our gospel gives from her poverty. We too should offer God our poverties. There is more value there than we know.
Today we celebrate Mother’s Day. As usual, I start thinking about what I might say in a Sunday homily somewhere in the middle of the week. Last week I spent my day off in the garden, preparing my plot and putting the tomatoes and peppers and all that in there. I got quite muddy. I left my muddy cowboy boots on the porch, which prompted Msgr to call and leave a voicemail asking, “Mike, do you know anything about the muddy cowboy boots on the porch? It looks like Cowboy Bob was raptured. OK, bye.” hahahah. I’ve listened to that about a hundred times.
Anyway, I was thinking as I was gardening about how motherhood is a lot like gardening. A mother plants, a mother waters, fertilizes, weeds out the problems around the plants. She gives the plant life, she nurtures it, and watches it grow and produce fruit. This is motherhood! I say this partly to tell you: everything we, your sons and daughters turn out to be, you helped to make. Whatever good fruits we produce, it is because you planted us and helped us grow. That’s one motherly thought from today.
Now, I’ve also been thinking a lot about the Wedding Feast at Cana. I’ve had a lot of weddings lately, praise God! The wedding feast at Cana was Jesus’ first documented miracle. And that miracle happens at Mary’s request. The wine runs out at the party, and Mary tells Jesus to take care of it. From the very first miracle, Our Blessed Mother has cooperated in the miracles of Jesus! She still does. Which is why we pray TO GOD THROUGH HER. She intercedes and requests miracles for us. This is nothing new: it is biblical and REAL! I’ve seen it all over the place….in my life and in the lives of parishioners. As Pope Francis said yesterday, “To be Christian is to be Marian!”
A happy new year to all! In today’s first reading from Numbers, God speaks to us an ancient and beautiful blessing: The LORD bless you and keep you!The LORD let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The LORD look upon you kindly and give you peace! Beautiful! It is God’s desire to bless us in this new year. We thank God in this Holy Mass for all our blessings from 2016 and pray his blessing upon our 2017.
But I want us to think about a couple years way back. Continue reading
To Mary Immaculate
O Lady, garbed in priestly white,
Hark to the prayer of thy humble knight.
Thou hast, an ever gracious queen,
Walked through my childhood days serene.
Thy mantle of the sky-blue gleam
Has somehow tinged my every dream.
Thy pale soft hands so strangely strong
Have gently guided me so long.
When deepest sorrows darked my road,
Thy love still like a beacon glowed.
Thy queenly kindness, mother-maid,
With gentle force has always swayed
My destiny…and so it be eternally.
Frederick M Lynk, SVD