Pope Francis recently stated: "The Christian who does not feel that the
Virgin Mary is his or her Mother is an orphan." As members of the Association,
we know we’re not orphans!
We are blessed to have the greatest woman in history, our Blessed Mother, to
show us how to keep the greatest commandments, expressed in today’s Gospel: "You
shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with
all your mind. You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
What does it mean to love God with all your heart, and your neighbor as
yourself? As this month of the Holy Rosary draws to a close, let’s consider the
Joyful Mysteries to show how Mary models the meaning of love.
Mary knows that God loves us first, and gives us all we have and are. We
respond by giving ourselves to God. Mary did this when she said to the angel,
Gabriel: "I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your
"Those who love God must love their brothers and sisters" (1 John 4:21). When
Jesus was conceived in Mary’s womb by the power of the Holy Spirit, she visited
her cousin Elizabeth to help her in her last three months of pregnancy.
"God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son" (John 3:16). Mary
so loved God and all of us that she brought God’s Son, her Son, into the world
for our salvation. Mary gave her only Son.
Mary and Joseph obeyed the Jewish ritual laws when they presented Jesus in
the Temple. We express our love for God by obeying his commandments. Jesus said,
"If you love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15).
When Mary and Joseph lost Jesus, they searched until they found him in the
Temple. When Jesus seems to be missing from our lives, we will find him in the
We are not orphans, We have a Father and a Mother who love us. In response,
we love God with all our heart, and our neighbor as ourselves.