Mother’s Day was different this year than in past years. For starters, my mother was out-of-town for the day, along with the rest of my family. I also was out-of-town for the day. I did not get a chance to see my grandmother or any other mother in my family. However, Mary, the Mother of God, is always present, everywhere. No matter where we are, we always are able to honor our Heavenly Mother.
Most of you who read this blog are not discerning a vocation, but I know that some of you are in the process of active discernment. Who better to entrust your vocation than Mary? Mary is the Mother of all priests. Priests act in Persona Christi, that is, in the person of Christ. The Priest is marked for Christ. He brings the ministry of the Savior to each generation, by preaching, leading, and sanctifying. It is through the Priest’s ministry that Jesus is continually glorified and praised. Mary loves Priests as she loves her Son, for through the Priest, her Son is loved.
Mary is the model of openness to God’s will. When the call came to Mary from the Angel Gabriel to be the Mother of God, Mary said, “I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your word.” Are we able to answer God’s calling with such humility and faith? Are we even being receptive to hear God’s messengers calling to us? Or are we afraid? Are we shut?
Mary will always turn your gaze to Christ. Mary will never take anything away from her Son. She is, first and foremost, a perfect disciple of her Son. Mary wants us to be obedient to Jesus, and listen to Him. She tells the waiters at the Wedding at Cana, “Do whatever He tells you.” Mary directs those words to the discerning as well: Do whatever He tells you. Fear is useless – what is needed is trust. Even though following Jesus means bearing the Cross, we should not hesitate. Mary will help you to follow Jesus.
And finally, Mary has been entrusted to us. Mary was given to the Church at the foot of the Cross. Jesus said, “Woman, behold your son. Son, behold your mother.” Mary was given to us by Jesus, as the final gift of His earthly ministry. Mary is entrusted to us as our mother. Our mothers know us better than do most other people in our lives. Our mother can reveal to us what is in our heart. They can direct us along the path of life, as we discern difficult decisions. How much more can our Heavenly Mother, Mary, direct our path; she who is the perfect disciple, she who knows her Son’s heart?
Mary knows Jesus’ heart and our hearts as well. We pray that our heart beat might match Christ’s heart beat. We want our will to be perfected in obedience to God’s will. Mary is the one who is the perfect discipleship. She knows how to bring our hearts into union with her Son’s Heart. Through cultivating a relationship with Mary, you will find your vocation. Maybe praying the Rosary during this Marian month of May might bring peace to you, discerning soul? Mary is the key – entrust yourself to her intercession.