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"Behold Your Mother"

Discussion in 'Mother of God' started by lynnfiat, Jan 1, 2018.

  1. lynnfiat

    lynnfiat Fiat Voluntas Tua

    Pope John Paul II

    May all discover in his words ‘Behold, your mother!’ the invitation to accept the blessed Virgin as mother and respond to her as true children .

    "The words, 'Behold, your mother!', express Jesus' intention to inspire in his disciples an attitude of love for and trust in Mary, leading them to recognize her as their mother, the mother of every believer", (the Holy Father said at the General Audience on Wednesday, 7 May). The Pope was continuing his catechesis on the role of the Blessed Mother, focusing this time on her spiritual motherhood. Here is a translation of his reflection, which was the 50th in the series on the Blessed Virgin and was given in Italian.

    1. After entrusting John to Mary with the words "Woman, behold your son!", Jesus, from the Cross, turns to his beloved disciple, saving to him, "Behold, your mother!" (Jn 19:26-27). With these words, he reveals to Mary the height of her motherhood: as mother of the Saviour, she is also the mother of the redeemed, of all the members of the Mystical Body of her Son.

    In silence the Virgin accepts the elevation to this highest degree of her motherhood of grace, having already given a response of faith with her "yes" at the Annunciation.

    Jesus not only urges John to care for Mary with special love, but he entrusts her to him so that he may recognize her as his own mother.

    During the Last Supper, "the disciple whom Jesus loved" listened to the Master's commandment: "Love one another as I have loved you" (Jn 15:12) and, leaning his head against the Lord's breast, he received from him a unique sign of love. Such experiences prepared him better to perceive in Jesus' words an invitation to accept her who had been given him as mother and to love her as Jesus did with filial affection.

    May all discover in Jesus' words: "Behold, your mother!", the invitation to accept Mary as mother, responding to her motherly love as true children.
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  2. Don_D

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    Reading this brings tears to my eyes. Thank you for posting it, I am so grateful to God who opened my eyes to the Love of Our Lord for His Mother and also His love for us when he said these words on the cross. I can not express the Joy and relief I felt the day that my ears were opened and I came to understand this. I do not think it is possible to fully understand what it means for us. That she too is my Blessed Mother and yours. It has changed my life and brought me to understand things which were hidden from me. She in turn has brought me to Him as if for the first time. Glory be to God for his Mercy and Grace he bestows on us.
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