Acts 22:30; 23:6-11
Jesus says some pretty profound things in the Gospel today, any one on which we could spend hours meditating. As I reflected on the readings, one phrase especially stood out to me:
“I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them…”
God is Love. And in today’s Gospel, Jesus proclaims that He will make God, who is Love, known so deeply and truly, that He will live within us.
Through God’s Word, spoken in Scripture, spoken through our life experiences, spoken through others, the seeds of Love are planted within us; God the Father is within us. Jesus also is within us, especially when we receive the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Christ. And as we approach Pentecost, we are reminded that the Holy Spirit also resides within us, and empowers us.
God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit lives within us. We are the temple of the Lord! Thus, we are called and empowered to be bearers of God in this world; to be Christ’s hands and feet; to love with the Love that is within us.
There is no better example of this for us than Mary, our Blessed Mother. She is Theotokos: God-Bearer. She, as the first disciple, is a shining example for us of what it truly means to be a disciple of Christ. Mary teaches us how to be a perfect servant of Christ: to allow God to live within us; to say yes completely, wholeheartedly to God. She models for us how to respond with love to the call of God and to the call of those in need.
And so, as our model in faith, as our Mother, we honor Mary in this month of May. Today especially, a day which is dedicated to Mary under the title, Our Lady, Help of Christians, let us entrust ourselves to her care and intercession, that we may know the God of Love that lives within us.
Remember, O Most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; To thee I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer me.
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