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The following clip from the Passion of the Christ says it all and is the theme for the homily. Despite the 6,000+ titles, the Marian Dogmas and all the beautiful art of Mary, the most important aspect of her relationship with us is that when we are in our time of need she will come to our side and say to us simply- “I’M here.”

Fr. Robert Barron in his reflection this week said that Mary is the moon reflecting the light that is Christ- the “SON”. She is there to point us to Christ just as she did at the wedding feast of Cana when she interceded on behalf of the Bride and Groom and pointed the servants to her Son.

At the foot of the cross in John’s GospelĀ  we are told, “When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.”

In this moment Mary becomes our mother and Jesus our brother. Mary’s role then is to care for us when we fall and to always point us to our brother, her son, Jesus.

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