We dedicate the month of May to our Blessed Mother, Mary. She was privileged to receive first the gift of salvation in Christ, as St. Peter describes in our first reading: “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
For the promise is made to you and to your children and to all those far off, whomever the Lord our God will call.” Mary is the model and Mother of the Church. She encourages us to repentance, welcomes us in, and rejoices with us when we receive the gift of her Divine Spouse, the Holy Spirit.
Mary was present for many of the events described in the Acts of the Apostles, yet she is not seen nor heard. We know that she was there, as Jesus had entrusted her to John’s care at the Cross. By extension, she has been entrusted to all of us. She continues to be present in our lives, silently supporting and encouraging us toward her Son. Mary does nothing for her own glory, but always directs us to Jesus. We are called to give her honor and reverence, but to worship Christ alone. We pray with her; we pray to Him. This is as it should be, and as she would want it. Mary is never to take the place of Jesus in our lives. Her role is to reflect His glory to us, to represent the highest glory of the Bride, the Church. We ask for her powerful intercession because Jesus invited us to do so. Throughout the centuries, the Church has carefully corrected any devotion that upsets this careful balance of due honor and right worship. Mary is not God, but she does play an important role in our relationship with God. We are blessed to have the patronage of so great a mother!
In a particular way, our United States are blessed to have Mary as our patroness, under the title of her Immaculate Conception. We hold Mary up as the perfect vessel of God’s saving work. By preserving her free from Original Sin, God made her the ideal Mother for so great a Son. By entrusting her to us, God has made us sons and daughters of Mary, and so we call her Mother of the Church, as well as Mother of God. So, let us rejoice in this month of Mary, renewing our relationship with the Father through her, entrusting to her our sincere petitions to her Son, and taking solace in her motherly care. How blessed we are to have such a Blessed Mother!