Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Who Is My Mother?

Today's Gospel (Matt 12: 46-50) is one often quoted by Protestants and others who seek to diminish the role of Our Lord's Mother in His life and, by extension, ours. Some read this passage as Jesus dismissing Mary, when, in fact, He's holding her up as an example - He's not deflecting attention from her, He's directing it toward her. He tells us that "whoever does the will of my Heavenly Father is my brother, sister and mother" because that's the essence of who she is. Her perfect obedience and surrender to the will of the Father is why she was chosen to be His mother. She is the model Christian; Christ tells us that rather plainly in this passage.