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Mary, Mother of Mercy

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 01/01/16

From Pope Francis’ homily this morning:

It is most fitting that on this day we invoke the Blessed Virgin Mary above all as Mother of mercy.  The door we have opened is, in fact, a Door of Mercy.  Those who cross its threshold are called to enter into the merciful love of the Father with complete trust and freedom from fear; they can leave this Basilica knowing that Mary is ever at their side.  She is the Mother of mercy, because she bore in her womb the very Face of divine mercy, Jesus, Emmanuel, the Expectation of the nations, the “Prince of Peace” (Is 9:5).  The Son of God, made incarnate for our salvation, has given us his Mother, who joins us on our pilgrimage through this life, so that we may never be left alone, especially at times of trouble and uncertainty. Mary is the Mother of God who forgives, who bestows forgiveness, and so we can rightly call herMother of forgiveness.  This word – “forgiveness” – so misunderstood in today’s world, points to the new and original fruit of Christian faith.  A person unable to forgive has not yet known the fullness of love.  Only one who truly loves is able to forgive and forget.  At the foot of the Cross, Mary sees her Son offer himself totally, showing us what it means to love as God loves.  At that moment she heard Jesus utter words which probably reflected what he had learned from her as a child: “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Lk 23:24).  At that moment, Mary became for all of us the Mother of forgiveness.  Following Jesus’ example and by his grace, she herself could forgive those who killed her innocent Son. For us, Mary is an icon of how the Church must offer forgiveness to those who seek it.  The Mother of forgiveness teaches the Church that the forgiveness granted on Golgotha knows no limits.   Neither the law with its quibbles, nor the wisdom of this world with its distinctions, can hold it back.  The Church’s forgiveness must be every bit as broad as that offered by Jesus on the Cross and by Mary at his feet.  There is no other way.  It is for this purpose that the Holy Spirit made the Apostles the effective ministers of forgiveness, so what was obtained by the death of Jesus may reach all men and women in every age (cf. Jn 20:19-23).

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