Daily Reflection for Monday, May 24, 2021
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Monday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Genesis 3: 9-15, 20 or Acts 1: 12-14
Responsorial: Psalm 87: 1-2, 3 and 5, 6-7
Gospel: John 19: 25-34
Our reflection on Monday’s readings:
Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. John 19: 27.
As I reflect and write on the Scripture for this Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, I am sitting at a table in the basement of my 91-year-old mother-in-law. She and my wife are awaiting the arrival of six other ladies who are coming to play bridge for the evening. We have been busy cleaning the house, readying the card tables, and getting some dessert and the snacks out. Because of COVID-19, it is the first time, the group has been together in almost a year and a half, so this is a big event.
Now I’m hearing laughter and joy as they all renew friendships and sit down to eat cherry and peach pie with vanilla ice cream. Plenty of laughter before the serious bridge hands begin.
Three days ago, we were in Colorado, visiting my wife’s 93-year-old aunt and the sister of my mother-in-law. It was the first time she was able to visit the columbarium where her late husband’s ashes are located.
Two weeks ago was Mother’s Day. Mothers are a big part of my life now.
In just a few years, I will have spent more time on earth knowing my mother-in-law, than the time I had with my mother until her passing. So I can relate to John and his relationship to his “adopted” mother, Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the mother of the Church. My mother-in-law has become mother to me. She has seen Ruth and me through some very tough times, and she has lovingly supported and cared for us for a long time. Now it is our time to care for her.
Mary cared for Jesus, witnessed his truth and his love, and experienced the horror of his death, the joy of the resurrection, and his ascension to the Father. John experienced all of that too, but only Mary knew Jesus as a mother gets to know her offspring. In today’s scripture, John is blessed to be the friend of Jesus, the one Jesus loved, and the caregiver for the mother of Jesus.
Jesus entrusted John with caring for his own mother. Who in this world has God entrusted to me and how do I care for them?
Peace and blessings,