Please note that the readings in your missalette or annual hand missal may have the wrong readings for Monday, May 21st. The reflection below explains why. Learn more about this new obligatory memorial by clicking HERE.
Mary, the Mother of the Church
Genesis 3:9-15,20 + John 19:25-34
May 21, 2018
And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
Earlier this year, on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, Robert Cardinal Sarah—the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments—announced the institution of a new obligatory memorial for the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church. This memorial is to be celebrated every year on the day following Pentecost Sunday.
In his decree inscribing this new memorial into the General Roman Calendar, Cardinal Sarah notes the following:
“The joyous veneration given to the Mother of God by the contemporary Church, in light of reflection on the mystery of Christ and on His nature, cannot ignore the figure of a woman (cf. Gal 4:4), the Virgin Mary, who is both the Mother of Christ and Mother of the Church.”
“Indeed, the Mother standing beneath the cross (cf. Jn 19:25), accepted her Son’s testament of love and welcomed all people in the person of the beloved disciple as sons and daughters to be reborn unto life eternal. She thus became the tender Mother of the Church which Christ begot on the cross handing on the Spirit. Christ, in turn, in the beloved disciple, chose all disciples as ministers of his love towards his Mother, entrusting her to them so that they might welcome her with filial affection.”
“This celebration will help us to remember that growth in the Christian life must be anchored to the Mystery of the Cross, to the oblation of Christ in the Eucharistic Banquet and to the Mother of the Redeemer and Mother of the Redeemed, the Virgin who makes her offering to God.”