The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Monday, Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church, 06 June 2022 Genesis 3:9-15 ><}}}}*> + ><}}}}*> + ><}}}}*> John 19:25-27
Praise and glory to you, God our loving Father for all the women of the world as we resume Ordinary Time in our Church calendar honoring Mary, Mother of the Church.
How wonderful to recall how all four evangelists narrated the presence of women at the crucifixion of your Son Jesus Christ: what a most wondrous sight that continues to this day when behind every sufferings we go through are the women who often join and accompany us even until death, giving us strength and courage, comfort and consolation.
But most wondrous, O God, is the account of the beloved disciple of Mary, the Mother of Jesus at the foot of his Cross on Good Friday, being addressed as "woman".
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.John 19:25-27
Only you, O God in your Son Jesus, can give that unique gift of womanhood especially your Mother Mary; you first called her "woman" at the wedding feast at Cana and now here at the Cross, when your hour had come.
What a beautiful image, dear Lord, of Mary, of the woman in your work of redemption so close and so near you that is in direct contrast with the other woman in Genesis, Eve, who turned away from you in sin.
Bless us dear Jesus, to constantly repeat this beautiful scene at the Cross, as an individual and as a community of your disciples: let us relive this scene in our lives as Christians taking Mary your Mother as well as the Church into our own homes and most especially of respecting every woman still ignored and taken for granted in this time; let us remember always our equal dignity with women as image and likeness of God as we carry out your final instructions of remaining one in you in love and mercy. Amen.