Mary-and-JesusMary, truly our sister

During this month of May, the message of Pope Paul VI, to honor Mary not only as “our mother” but also as “our sister” for, as we ponder the various components of Mary’s life, we are able to see in her “someone like us.”  Mary, the poor woman of Nazareth, chosen by God to bear Jesus, lived her “yes” to God throughout the joys and sorrows, worries and uncertainties of her life.  Through our prayer, we become aware that many aspects of our own pilgrimage of faith, and that of many women throughout the world, mirrors that of Mary.  She was homeless at the time of her child’s birth, a refugee fleeing to the safety of Egypt; she was a widow, a single mother.  She knew the agony of losing her child in a crowd, of worry about her son leaving home to embark on a new mission to spread the good news of God’s love for all, of seeing him face death for all he believed in. With courage and faith she continued to love and serve God with all her heart, all her soul and all her strength.  Mary was not a “timidly submissive woman.”  Rather “she was a woman who did not hesitate to proclaim that God vindicates the humble and the oppressed, and removed the powerful people of the world from their privileged positions.”  Truly, this is a month to celebrate Mary and to follow her example of hearing the word of God and acting on it in the day-to-day happenings of our lives.