Saturday in the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time / Optional Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
...to the extent of the full stature of Christ, so that we may no longer be infants, tossed by waves and swept along by every wind of teaching arising from human trickery... (Ephesians 4:13-14)
Lord Jesus, the Church looks to Mary as a model of faith, hope and love, the maturity of the gifts and virtues lived for the good of all. In her Magnificat Mary prays, "He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy."
Saint Paul exhorts us to live the truth in love by growing in every way into You, the head of the Church, is joined to us to bring about the Body's growth. May I look to our Blessed Mother to point me on my way to deeper maturity as I acknowledge the gift and help she is from You. Lead me to my proper function so that, like Mary, I too may help to build up the Body in love.
Our Lady, Help of Christians, pray for us.