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Mary as Mother and Sister

Posted by Julie A Gill on November 21, 2018 at 4:15 PM

God is so good.  Having thought of, and leaned on, Mary as my mother, was ingrained in me my whole life.  Now to think of her as sister somehow seemed to lessen her place in my eyes.  Then, today, in the Office of Readings, God showed me what it truly means through St. Augustine.  He quotes Jesus when he says: "Here are my mother and my brothers, anyone who does the will of my Father is my brother and my sister and my mother."  St. Augustine says: "...did she not do the will of the Father?"  He quotes Jesus again: "More blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it." St. Augustine says that Jesus is saying that it's more than a purely physical relationship.  Mary heard the word of God and kept it and, therefore, she is blessed.  

If anyone hasn't read the Augustine writing in the Liturgy today and has access to it, please consider reading it because he explains it so much better than I can without quoting the entire passage.  Jesus said it Himself.  Mary is my mother and my sister.  She is the disciple of Jesus par excellence! 

Thank you, Lord God, for the Divine Office, and thank you for teaching us what we cannot understand of ourselves.  Help me to be open.

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