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Day 33:  “Behold Your Mother”

Day 33: “Behold Your Mother”

We may find it startling to hear Jesus address Mary, not as “Mother,” but as “Woman,” in His last words to her before He died. Some have suggested that in their culture, such a form of address would not have been unusual or rude. But there seems to be something more at work here, something that demands further explanation.

Commenting on this situation, Maria of Agreda insisted that in calling the Virgin “Woman,” Our Lord was alluding to her perfect womanhood, her status as the exemplar for all women. He wished to say to her: “You are the Woman blessed among all women, the most wise among all the daughters of Adam; you are Woman, strong and faithful, unconquered by sin.”

Anne Catherine Emmerich perceives yet another layer of meaning in the word, seeing in it a reference to the woman who would crush the serpent’s head through her seed (Genesis 3:15)—a prophecy that, even then, was coming to pass.

In entrusting her to John, perhaps Our Lord was also pointing to John’s future vision, recorded in Revelation Chapter 12, when he would behold “a woman clothed with the sun,” whose crucified Son would one day rule the nations.

In any case, Anne Catherine notes, the Woman became on that day the mother of the Church. The first Christians “had all things in common” (Acts 2:44), including the mother who had prayed with them and for them on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 1:14). If her Son was “not ashamed to call them brethren” (Hebrews 1:11), then calling them all her children would be her delight.

Jesus, our Brother, we thank You for giving us Your mother to be our own. May we ever remain under her mantel.

From the Visions of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich

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