2015 Lent Reflection – Saturday 4 April

4 April Lent Reflec 2SATURDAY 4 APRIL 2015

John 19:20, 21


A young girl in Grootdrink said to me one Sunday morning: “Bishop, my mother said that the day I was baptised, God the Father was very happy.” “And why was that Veruschka?” I asked. “Because he got a new baby daughter.” I was still marvelling at the depths of this simple statement, when she added: “And Mother Mary got a new child.”

Baptism, the Easter sacrament, means a new life and union with the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. We are made at home in the family of God. Baptism also means becoming part of the great Communion of Saints – and Mary is the first of the saints, and their mother.

“When the faith of the disciples was most tested by difficulties and uncertainties, Jesus entrusted them to Mary, who was the first to believe, and whose faith would never fail.” (Pope Francis 31 December 2014) Take her to your home.


Disciple “who Jesus loves”, that is you, take Mary home; make a space in your home where Mary is honoured, with a statue or picture; make place for her in your daily prayer; live daily her simple reply: “Let it be done to me according to your word.”


“O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me.”




+Bishop Edward Risi OMI
Diocese of Keimoes-Upington



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