Mary, Our Model

Mary is our model of authentic Christian simplicity. Her intimacy with Jesus is borne of the union of His Truth with her humility in love. Though Mary is the Mother of God and Queen of Heaven, she is, first and foremost our Mother, treasuring each of us in her heart.

Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.” (Luke 1.46-48a)

A Mother’s Love

By faith and hope, He was conceived:
Spirit descended from above;
His will was done, as she believed —
Emmanuel born of pure love.

A simple life of humble means,
She lived with Him at Joseph’s side;
Hidden beneath life’s daily scenes,
In love most pure, they did abide.

At the wedding, she spurred Him on
To bring joy to the hearts in need;
Obediently, He’d provide —
A Mother’s love had sowed the seed.

She stood by Him until the end;
Not scandalized by cross or death.
Her greatest Love — her Son and Friend —
Heart rent as He gasped His last breath.

From the cross, we’re placed in her care:
“Here is your mother” — standing there.

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.” (John 19.26-27)

Holy Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, spur us to your Son, that we may be united with Him in the simplicity of pure love. Amen.