Thursday, May 31, 2018

Homily for 31 May 2018

31 May 2018
Feast of the Visitation
(School Mass)

We know that Saint Mary is one of our greatest helpers.  She loves to bring her son, Jesus, to us, and she loves it when we get to know him.  Have you ever given a gift to someone, and the enjoyable part of it all is to just see the person’s reaction?  Well, that’s how it is with St. Mary—she enjoys bringing Jesus to us and making our lives better.

And, you know, it all started with today’s feast: the Feast of the Visitation.  She went over to Elizabeth’s house for a visit.  But it was a special visit because it was the first time she was bringing Jesus to someone else.  That was when our Blessed Mother started to live out her calling—God called her and made her to bring Jesus to other people. 

And that’s why we pray to St. Mary.  We all know the Rosary: “Hail, Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee”—that’s what the Archangel Gabriel said.  “Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb”—that’s what Elizabeth said when Mary came for her visit.  “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us…”—that’s what we say.  And we say it because, of all the people who ever lived, Saint Mary knows how to get us in touch with her son, Jesus.

Now, of course, we can pray to Jesus directly (and we should).  But sometimes we need a little help in our prayers.  Maybe we feel like Jesus is far away.  And so we might ask our Blessed Mother—and all the Angels and the Saints, and even our family and friends and ancestors who’ve died—we ask them to “pray for us,” to help us connect with God.

St. Mary’s calling is to be the Mother of God, and also to be the main person who helps us connect with Jesus.  She’s there to help us.  And she’s there to bring joy and happiness into our lives—through Jesus.  And so, we pray: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.

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