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May: the month of Mary
|"The Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother, prays for us continually, and helps those we entrust to her care" |
by Elizabeth Wang, T-01513-OL, © Radiant Light 2006, www.radiantlight.org.uk"
Michael Keating leads us in a reflection on Mary for the month of May. Micheal focuses his reflection on the John 19:25-27 where Jesus is dying on the cross and gives his mother to us and us to his mother.
"Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home."
In the month of May we especially ask have we followed the example of John and given her space in our homes? But of course the question is why should we give this honour to Mary? It is not because she comes with a new teaching or stands in equality to God, rather she tells us "Do what he tells you"; she constantly points beyond herself to her Son. But how can we do what Jesus tells us if we don't make time and effort to listen and discern what Jesus is saying to us. Again and again, any of the approved apparitions of Mary, her message has been to point back to her Son and call us again to listen to him and turn back to him.
Gospel - John 15: 9-17
John's writings this week really bring across the fact that his focus is always on Jesus' message of love. Both in the gospel but also in the second reading which is taken from the first letter of St John where John reminds us that God is Love (Deus caritas est). But what is this love that we speak of? Have we ever thought about it? It is a term which is bandied about so much in music, literature and poetry but do we ever think what it means?
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Saints of the Week
Psalter - Week 2 (6th Week of Easter)
May 14th - St Matthias (Apostle)
May 15th - St Carthage
May 16th - St Brendan the Navigator and St Simon Stock (Carmelite Saint)
May 17th - St Paschal Babylon (Patron of Eucharistic Congresses)
May 18th - St John I (Pope)
May 19th - St Peter Celestine
May 20th - Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord (World Communications Day)