May 18, 2014

Fifth Sunday of Easter

The Church is oftentimes referred to as the Pilgrim Church on Earth. We are pilgrims because we are on a journey home, to our Father’s House where a room has been prepared for us.   Jesus is the way and we will arrive to our heavenly home by following Him and doing the will of the Father.  However, He did not leave us without a guide for He has given us His Mother to be our Mother also and, as she as always done, Mary always points to Christ.

Mary is that radiant woman, bright as the Sun, who seeks all God’s children as eagerly as she sought her Son when she believed He was lost.  In the Gospel of Luke, we are told that she searched for Him for three days and when she found Him, he asked, “why were you looking for me, did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49).  Luke tells us that she did not understand what Jesus meant; however, through her own journey her knowledge has been brought to perfection.  She now dwells in the Father’s House and she seeks to lead all her children home.

In a homily given on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (January 1, 2014), Pope Francis taught us that Mary’s heart was enlarged through the sorrow she experienced on the Cross, it was made so large that she was able to love all God’s Children as her own.  Indeed, she loves us and through her perfection of knowledge, she searches for and journeys with all of us as we make our way to the room Christ has prepared for us.  “Hence, as Christians raise their eyes with faith to Mary in the course of their earthly pilgrimage, they strive to increase in holiness. Mary, the exalted Daughter of Zion, helps all her children, wherever they may be and whatever their condition, to find in Christ the path to the Father's house.”  Pope St. John Paul II in his Encyclical on the Blessed Virgin.

May our Blessed Mother, under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, guide us and lead us closer to Her Son as we journey home to our Father’s House.

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