October 10, 2020 (Saturday of Week 27 Year II)
Dear friends in Christ, every family rejoices at the coming of a new child. With Jesus it is the same thing. A good child brings honour and glory to the family and even strangers rain blessings on the parents. In this special month of devotion to Mary, we acknowledge that we have come to know Mary, to love her and honour her this way because She is the Mother of the Lord, a special honour done her by God and through her we give true honour and worship to God who made her our Mother in Christ.
Our first reading today (Galatians 3:22-29) continues the discussion on the place of the law for a Christian. In the previous passage we were told that it is faith that saves and not the works of the law. “Those who are men of faith are blessed with Abraham who had faith…Now it is evident that no man is justified before God by the law; for he who through faith is righteous shall live…” It is by faith in Jesus Christ that we become children of God. The law was good for its own time and purpose, just like a custodian who cares for a child till he comes of age. It is Christ then, who breaks down the barriers that separates peoples and cultures and makes them all into one—brothers and sisters. “For in Christ Jesus you are all Sons of God, through faith. For as many as were baptised into Christ have put on Christ…for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” This is what makes us heirs of Abraham too—our faith.
In today’s gospel (Luke 11:27-28) a woman in the crowd was so impressed about the teachings and actions of Jesus that she pronounced blessedness on the mother. Her words echoed that of the Angel at the Annunciation of Jesus, in which the Angel called her ‘blessed among women.’ The woman in a loud voice said, “Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that you sucked!” This is how a child brings honour to the parents. Jesus however extends that blessedness to all believers worthy of the name, when he replied her, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” In another passage, Jesus had pointed to those listening to him as his Mother and brethren. We are counted lucky and graced, to belong to those blessed in Jesus. No one however, is more qualified than Mary the Mother of Jesus. At the visit of the angel she said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be to me as you have said!” She is the greatest model of how to follow Jesus. She was there from his Conception to his Ascension to heaven and remained thereafter with the Apostles as their Queen. The Bible says that, ‘She kept the word of God in her heart and pondered on them.” We must ask her to teach us how to truly follow Jesus, how to ponder the word of God and live out our Christian commitments.
Let us pray: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you, blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus; Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.