Father Arthur’s Homily May 10 – May is Mary’s Month
May is a month in which we traditionally celebrate the Blessed Mother. It is an opportunity for us to reflect on the great gift she gave by saying yes to God’s invitation to be the Mother of the Messiah. In these days of pandemics, isolation and fear; imagine what it must have been like for this young teenage girl to trust in the Lord. An unwed mother could be stoned to death under the Mosaic Law. But Mary’s only question of the angel was how could this be and she accepted that God could make it happen.
Did Mary cower and hide ashamed of the child in her womb? No, she went to care for her older cousin Elizabeth who was, in her old age expecting John the Baptist. The older woman represented a passing image of the Law and the younger woman represents a new relationship with God. We are granted Salvation and welcomed back to God’s family as the well-loved children of the Father, the brothers and sisters of the Son and the children of Mary.
Last Friday, May 1 the U.S. Bishops reconsecrated our nation to the Blessed Mother. In this time of pandemic and so many struggles please join us after this Sunday’s Mass for a May Crowning of the statue of the Blessed Mother. After the May crowning, we will recite the Litany of Loretto to our Blessed Mother as a way for our parish, for our families, to rededicate ourselves to the Blessed Mother. May is a particularly good time to pray for Mary’s intercession for our families and for our country. Please pray your favorite Marian devotions such as the rosary with your family.
We pray for the intercession of our Blessed Mother. Be safe and God bless you.
Rev. Artur Marat