Beneath the Cross, Christ gave us His mother.
Mary exemplifies vide her own life that we must look at her, not in isolation, but with and in Christ. Such was the life of our dearest Mother from her Immaculate Conception to the cradle of Christ, from the cradle to Cana, from Cana to the cross and from the cross to the birth and growth of the Catholic Church.
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. Mary summarized the entire essence of the Gospel and proclaimed the greatest Gospel message, plainly in a single sentence, “Do whatever He tells you to do.”(John 2:5). Mary inspires us to live in Christ and for Christ. Mary’s earthly journey pioneered the path that God wishes us to trod towards holiness.
It is aptly said that the job of an artist is always to deepen its mystery. Mary is God’s artistic Magnum Opus in which is woven innumerable mysteries and wonders for man to unravel and experience.
Mary is the only person, who witnessed all the three great events that mark the Christian mystery / liturgy: the Incarnation (Lk 1:35), the Paschal mystery (Jn 19:25) and Pentecost (Acts 1:14).
Mary is the first person to experience the power of the Holy Trinity, when the power of the Most High overshadowed her and she conceived Jesus in her womb by the power of the Holy Spirit (Lk 1:35).
Mary became the first Christian disciple of the Catholic Church when she answered “Yes” to God’s will (Lk 1:38)
Mary is the first person who made the Word of God alive and active in her life, who gave flesh to the Word of God and made it visible to man (John 1:14).
Mary is the first Christian missionary and witness when she set forth in haste to meet her cousin Elizabeth and proclaim the good things that God had done in her life (Lk 1:39-40)
Mary is the only Living Ark of the New Covenant, the Real Tabernacle of God. John the Baptist danced in the womb of his mother Elizabeth before the Living Ark of the New Covenant (Lk 1:41) as David danced before the Ark of the Old Covenant (2Sam 6:14).
Mary is the first person who treasured Christ in her heart and pondered over His mysterious life (Lk 2:19, 2:51) from Annunciation to the daily events in the life of her Son.
Are you willing to stand beneath the cross of Christ today and surrender your life completely into the hands of the Lord in the very same words of our dearest Mother, “Totus Tuus” (Completely Yours)