At their regular Sunday evening meeting on the eve of the feast of Mary, Mother of the Church the youth group considered Mary’s place in their lives. “I know she is a mother,” Portia said, “but I’ve never ever considered what it was like for her as a young girl, to be visited by an angel, asked to be a mother, the mother of God, and have to make such an important decision and such a commitment. It must have awesome.” “I wonder if she asked her mom?” Joan added. “I’ve been taught to see her as a special mother for me.” Jack shared. “What about this new feast as Mother of the Church? So we all have to share her.”
Gospel Acclamation. O happy Virgin, you gave birth to the Lord; O blessed mother of the Church, you warm our hearts with the Spirit of your Son Jesus Christ.
Pope Francis: The assurance of young Mary’s “yes “, the commitment in those words, “be it done” with which she answered the angel inspire us. This was no merely passive or resigned acceptance, or a faint “yes”, as if to say, “Well, let’s give it a try and see what happens”. Mary was determined; she knew what was at stake and she said “yes” without thinking twice, a “yes” of someone prepared to take a risk, ready to stake everything she had. For this reason she is an “influencer”, the “influencer” of God. Her yes and her desire to serve were stronger than any doubts or difficulties. CV 44.