One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 15, 2021


"And when perfected, He became the Source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him." ––Hebrews 5:9

Numerous well-meaning Christians don't consider the Blessed Virgin Mary their mother. They may assume paying attention to Mary detracts from following Jesus. Often a verse from today's Gospel of John is referenced to show the Blessed Mother is, in fact, our mother: "Seeing His mother there with the disciple whom He loved, Jesus said to His mother, ‘Woman, there is your son.' In turn He said to the disciple, ‘There is your mother.' From that hour onward, the disciple took her into his care" (Jn 19:26-27).

We Christians are personified by the beloved disciple. How is this so? Mary is a symbol of the Church (Catechism, 967, 972). The Church is also the Body of Christ. Through Baptism we truly become members of that Body (see 1 Cor 12:13). Hence, Mary's maternal care applies to all those baptized into her Son (Catechism, 974). Everyone has seen a baby resting contentedly in its mother's arms. In a similar way, we are secure in the bosom of the Church.

Are you still uncertain Mary is your mother? Don't let the devil steal your family privilege. He is the "father of lies" (Jn 8:44). Satan is angry. "Enraged at her escape, the dragon went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep God's commandments and give witness to Jesus" (Rv 12:17).

Your mother isn't intimidated — learn from her example.

PRAYER: Father, through the intercession of Mary, help me to accept my cross.
PROMISE: "And you yourself shall be pierced with a sword –– so that the thoughts of many hearts may be laid bare." ––Lk 2:35
PRAISE: Mary was not shielded from parental stress. "Son, why have You done this to us? You see that Your father and I have been searching for You in sorrow" (Lk 2:48). Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

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Reprinted with permission from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community. Their ministries include:

· One Bread, One Body
· Daily Bread Radio Program
· Annual Bible Institute
· Discipleship Retreats
· Guadalupe Bible College