April 5, 2020 | Palm Sunday
“Our Lady never asked anything for herself — never. Yes, She did for others. We think of Cana, when She goes to speak to Jesus. She never said: ‘I am the Mother; look at me, I will be the Queen Mother.’ She never said it. She doesn’t ask for something important for herself… She only accepts to be Mother. She accompanied Jesus as a disciple, because the Gospel makes it seen that She followed Jesus with friends, pious women, She followed Jesus; She listened to Jesus…. We must honor Our Lady and say: ‘This is my Mother,’ because She is Mother. And this is the title She received from Jesus, precisely there, in the moment of the cross (Cf. John 19:26-27)…. Our Lady did not take any title from Jesus. She received the gift of being Mother to Him and the duty to accompany us as Mother, to be our Mother…. And so, as Mother we must think of Her, we must seek Her; we must pray to Her. She is the Mother – in the Mother Church. In Our Lady’s maternity we see the maternity of the Church, that receives all, good and evil — all. It will do us good today to pause a while and to think of the pain and the sorrows of Our Lady. She is our Mother. And She brought good there, with strength, with weeping.”
Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion (Psalm 22)
full of Grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed are thou amongst women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.
Holy Mary Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now
and at the hour of our death
As we enter Holy Week, let’s be inspired by Pope Francis’ reminder that even though we are isolated from each other, our thought and spirit can go far with the creativity of love. Call someone who is alone. Email a hug. Text a kiss . Zoom a smile. Send a song or poem or prayer. Be the heart of Christ in our broken world.