Bishop's Message - January 2016
Dear Rev. Fathers, Brothers, Sisters and My Dear People,
Today we honour Mary as the Mother of God. This feast coincides with several recurrences: the Octave of Christmas, the circumcision of the Lord, the naming of the Lord and the first day of the civil year.
Today’s feast places in relief the prominent role of Mary in the mystery of salvation. Her maternal ministry is irreplaceable. As St. Augustine says, when God the Father wanted to give His most precious gift, His only Son, to the human race, He found no one worthy to receive him. So He created Mary and gave His Son to her so that the human race could receive him through her. Christ appears in the arms of Mary and from her we receive him.
Elizabeth said, Mary is “the mother of my Lord” (Lk 1:43). She is also our mother because Jesus has made us sons and daughters of God. Thus, as children of God, we are brothers of Jesus and his mother is our mother too. Jesus clearly says from the cross, “She is your mother” (Jn 19:27). In the Old Testament, God said to the people that the mother should be honoured. Hence, we are all bound to honour Our Beloved Mother as well as our own mother.
As children, we should learn from Mary the lessons of authentic Christian living. Mary teaches us both by example and word. Our love and admiration for Mary should lead us to imitate her. Her prayerfulness, humility, surrender to God’s will, obedience, love for Christ, love for neighbour, gratitude to God and her trust in Jesus are all shining examples for us to imitate.On this auspicious day, let us try our best to draw comfort and strength from the presence and protection of Mary, Mother of God and our Mother and follow her footsteps on the path to holiness.
With my prayers and blessings,
Yours in the Lord,
+ Lawrence Pius
Bishop of Dharmapuri