Each October, Jesus Christ and His Church invite us to deepen our devotion to Mary. As the Mother of Jesus, Mary is the Mother of Mercy and Mother of the Eucharist (Catechism of the Catholic Church #963-975). As Jesus calls us once again into communion with Him this Sunday (Matthew 22:1-14), we should never take for granted Our Lord’s invitation to prayer, to honor His Mother just as He did, to deepen our faith, to embrace His grace by which we are saved.
On October 7, we honored Our Lady of the Rosary at Mass, with all our school children and faculty attending, and parishioners praying the Rosary, as they often do, before Mass. The Rosary, as with all prayer, draws us into deeper communion with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the Rosary, we meditate on the life of Jesus Christ and His mother, Mary, with prayers from Luke 1 (“Hail Mary…”); Matthew 6 (“Our Father…”); and Matthew 28, Luke 1-2, Ephesians 3 and throughout the Bible (“Glory be…”). October is also Respect Life Month, reminding us to be a People of Life who defend God’s gift of life for all of His children, from conception to natural death (led by our Knights of Columbus, our parish family is participating in the 40-Days-for-Life campaign, please see this bulletin for details; we will also pray the Rosary on Tuesdays at 5:15pm at the Memorial to Unborn Children, by the fountain across from church). The following, adapted from The Rosary of Our Lady by Msgr. Romano Guardini, helps us understand the tremendous spiritual value of praying the Rosary:
The life of Mary, as the Gospel tells it, is as humanly true as it can possibly be, but in this human quality it is filled with a mystery of divine communion and love, the depth of which is unfathomable. The Rosary points in this direction. Jesus is the substance of Mary’s life, just as the Child is the lifeblood of His mother, for whom He is the one and all… Not only was Mary’s existence as a human mother achieved in her relation to Jesus, but also her redemption. Becoming a mother, she became a Christian. By living with her Child Jesus, she lived with God… Growing humanly along with the Child, as do all mothers who really love, releasing Him on the road of life with so much resignation and pain, she ripened in God’s divine grace and truth…
The prayer of the Rosary means a lingering in the world of Mary, whose essence was Christ. In this way, the Rosary is, in its deepest sense, a prayer to Jesus Christ… The essence of the Rosary, then, is a steady incitement to holy sympathy… Our eyes meet two eyes that also love and see. Those eyes add their range of vision to ours, and our gaze may now go beyond the narrowness of our own ego and embrace the beloved being, previously seen only from one side…. Our Lord enables us to see and to love not only with our own sense but also with His. Something of this sort, only on a higher plane, happens with the Rosary.
Please pray the Rosary today!
Fr. William Vernon