In the most glorious moments of Jesus’ life—on Mount Tabor, at his entrance into Jerusalem, or when he performed miracles—Mary kept a low profile.
Only at times of the greatest danger and sadness is she present and her courage made explicit: the flight into Egypt, the road of the passion—where her heart was broken at the sight of her Son’s Cross—and in the Upper Room during the Last Supper, where she prayed. She didn’t live for herself, but for the Lord and for the redemption of mankind.
She prayed with the apostles and she prayed for them too. She prepared herself for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Thus she was completely ready to witness the birth of the Church, and in a sense she gave birth to the Church with her Son Jesus. She is truly the Mother of the Church.
Francis Xavier NGUYEN VAN THUAN,
Sur le chemin de l’espérance, Sarment, 1991 (Road of Hope)