Saturday 25 November 2017

About Today Readings

St Catherine of Alexandria.

1 Maccabees 6:1-13. Psalm 9A:2-4, 6, 16, 19. Luke 20:27–40.

I will rejoice in your salvation, O Lord — Psalm 9A:2-4, 6, 16, 19.

‘Who is my mother? Who are my brothers and sisters?’

Lord, were you putting down your mother and your disciples when you asked this question? Not at all. The gospel here is asking us to consider the relationships with you that are more than physical.

Because you took your human nature from Mary, your mother is revered as Mother of God and Queen of Heaven. Because you died for each one of us, you are the world’s redeemer. Because you rose from the dead, you call us to share in your risen life in time and eternity. And by your indwelling Spirit you make us temples of God, members of Christ’s body, offering us grace and virtue for our every need.

In a ‘letter to the faithful’ St Francis wrote, ‘We are Christ’s mother when we carry him about in our heart and person by means of love and a pure and sincere conscience, and we give birth to him by the good that he works in us which acts in us as an example to others.’


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