Friday, September 05, 2014
A friend of mine was sharing with me about a realization he had. "My mother was emotionally unavailable, and I noticed that everywhere I go, I tend to be looking for someone to substitute the love I missed. Even the Blessed Virgin Mary seemed for me a substitute for the love of my mother, until one day it hit me: Mary is my mother! She is not a substitute! She is my mother! And she is caring, attentive, kind, gentle, and loving! She's not a substitute for my mom. She is my spiritual mother!"
What my friend shared helped me to realize too that, often times, I look at Marian devotion as something for folks who missed out on a maternal relationship like John Paul II, whose mother died when he was young. But this makes Mary a second class mother when in fact she is a real and true mother to all who believe in Jesus. We only need to look at John 19 and Revelation 12 to see that this is true.
May we fly to the patronage of our Mother Mary without shame and without feeling that she is somehow only a substitute mom.
Holy Mary, mother of God and our mother, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.