Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church (June 1, 2020)

Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church (June 1, 2020)
 
JOHN 19:25-34
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother
and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,
and Mary of Magdala.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved,
he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”
Then he said to the disciple,
“Behold, your mother.”
And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
After this, aware that everything was now finished,
in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled,
Jesus said, “I thirst.”
There was a vessel filled with common wine.
So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop
and put it up to his mouth.
When Jesus had taken the wine, he said,
“It is finished.”
And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.
 
Now since it was preparation day,
in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath,
for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one,
the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken
and they be taken down.
So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first
and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus.
But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead,
they did not break his legs,
but one soldier thrust his lance into his side,
and immediately Blood and water flowed out.
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Today my classmates and I celebrate our 18th anniversary of our priestly ordination. These 18 years of priesthood have been amazing and have flown by so quickly. I am so humbled to be a priest and have the privilege to walk with so many of you on this journey. May we encourage one another to faithfulness in each of our vocations.
 
 
I’d also like to invite you to join me on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 1pm (central time) for a virtual tour of Nazareth (Holy Land) and the surrounding region. A few weeks ago, I did the virtual tour of the Holy Land. It was a general overview of the pilgrimage. Now I am going to dive deeper into each section of the pilgrimage to give you a flavor of what it is all about. I hope to make this a spiritual encounter with the Land they call Holy. To register for this free virtual tour of Nazareth on Wednesday, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/8215887578197/WN_Vnf8YBfxSPSu4XYPfByYeg.
 
 
Today the Church is celebrating a memorial that was instituted by Pope Francis in 2018 – Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church. It will be celebrated each year the day after Pentecost, which is the birthday of the Church. Pope Francis wanted us to remember the strong influence Mary has had on the early Church and she continues to have a great impact on the Church today.
 
 
Imagine what Mary went through the day of Jesus’s passion and crucifixion. Not only is it heart-wrenching for a parent to lose a child, but Mary had to watch her son be brutally tortured and killed. I can’t imagine the sorrow in her heart that day.
 
 
Was Mary reflecting on the day she and Joseph presented Jesus in the temple when Simeon said that a sword would pierce her heart? Was she reflecting on all the beautiful moments with her Son throughout His life? Was she reflecting on Jesus’s words about His own death and resurrection?
 
 
During her moment of deepest pain as she looked upon her son on the cross, Jesus reached out to her with some consolation. Mary would have lost all her standing in society by losing her Son, since her husband was already deceased. Jesus, in His own agony, gave John to Mary and Mary to John. In her time of agony, Jesus was there for her, despite His own pain.
 
 
“And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.” (John 19:27) We can only imagine the conversations between John and Mary after Jesus was crucified. Mary probably shared with him the moment the angel Gabriel appeared to her to announce the conception of Jesus in her womb. They probably talked about His childhood and all the things Jesus did and said while growing up. Maybe they talked about this experience with Simeon in the Temple. Surely, they comforted one another by reviewing His prediction of His own resurrection from the dead.
 
 
Why is Mary the Mother of the Church? She was with the disciples in the upper room when the Holy Spirit descended upon them. This was the birth of the Church. She loved these men like sons, especially as John went to live with her. Both Mary and the Church are given to us to guide us to Jesus and to heaven.
 
 
Do you trust that the Lord is with you in your deepest pain?
Can you relate with our Blessed Mother during her time of deep sorrow?
Have you invited Mary into your home and heart so that she can give you a deeper understanding of her Son?
 
Have a blessed day…
Fr. Burke
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https://www.gamechangersfts.org/ – Retreats, donations
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Bienaventurada Virgen Maria, Madre de la Iglesia (1 de junio de 2020)
 
John 19, 25-34
En aquel tiempo, junto a la cruz de Jesús estaban su madre, la hermana de su madre, María la de Cleofás, y María Magdalena. Al ver a su madre y junto a ella al discípulo que tanto quería, Jesús dijo a su madre: “Mujer, ahí está tu hijo”. Luego dijo al discípulo: “Ahí está tu madre”. Y desde entonces el discípulo se la llevó a vivir con él.
 
Después de esto, sabiendo Jesús que todo había llegado a su término, para que se cumpliera la Escritura dijo: “Tengo sed”. Había allí un jarro lleno de vinagre. Los soldados sujetaron una esponja empapada en vinagre a una caña de hisopo y se la acercaron a la boca. Jesús probó el vinagre y dijo: “Todo está cumplido”, e inclinando la cabeza, entregó el espíritu.
 
Entonces, los judíos, como era el día de la preparación de la Pascua, para que los cuerpos de los ajusticiados no se quedaran en la cruz el sábado, porque aquel sábado era un día muy solemne, pidieron a Pilato que les quebraran las piernas y los quitaran de la cruz. Fueron los soldados, le quebraron las piernas a uno y luego al otro de los que habían sido crucificados con Jesús. Pero al llegar a él, viendo que ya había muerto, no le quebraron las piernas, sino que uno de los soldados le traspasó el costado con una lanza e inmediatamente salió sangre y agua.
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Hoy mis compañeros del seminario y yo celebramos nuestro 18 aniversario de nuestra ordenación sacerdotal. Estos 18 años de sacerdocio han sido asombrosos y han pasado tan rápido. Me siento tan humilde de ser sacerdote y tengo el privilegio de caminar con tantos de ustedes en esta jornada. Que nos animemos unos a otros a la fidelidad en cada una de nuestras vocaciones.
 
 
También me gustaría invitarlos a que se unan a mí el miércoles 3 de junio de 2020 a la 1pm (hora central) para un recorrido virtual por Nazaret (Tierra Santa) y la región circundante. Hace unas semanas, hice el recorrido virtual por Tierra Santa. Fue una visión general de la peregrinación. Ahora voy a profundizar en cada sección de la peregrinación para darles un sabor de lo que se trata. Espero hacer de esto un encuentro espiritual con la Tierra que llaman Santa. Para inscribirse en este tour virtual gratis de Nazaret el miércoles, vaya a https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/8215887578197/WN_Vnf8YBfxSPSu4XYPfByYeg.
 
 
Hoy la Iglesia celebra un memorial que fue instituido por el Papa Francisco en 2018 – Santísima Virgen María, Madre de la Iglesia. Se celebrará cada año el día después de Pentecostés, que es el cumpleaños de la Iglesia. El Papa Francisco quería que recordáramos la fuerte influencia que María ha tenido en la Iglesia primitiva y sigue teniendo un gran impacto en la Iglesia de hoy.
 
 
Imagínese lo que María pasó por el día de la pasión y la crucifixión de Jesús. No sólo es desgarrador para un padre perder a un hijo, pero María tuvo que ver a su hijo ser brutalmente matado y torturado. No me puedo imaginar el dolor en su corazón ese día.
 
 
¿Estaba María reflexionando sobre el día en que ella y José presentaron a Jesús en el templo cuando Simeón dijo que una espada atravesaría su corazón? ¿Estaba reflexionando sobre todos los bellos momentos con su Hijo a lo largo de Su vida? ¿Estaba reflexionando sobre las palabras de Jesús acerca de Su propia muerte y resurrección?
 
 
Durante su momento de dolor más profundo mientras miraba a su hijo en la cruz, Jesús se acercó a ella con un poco de consuelo. María habría perdido toda su posición en la sociedad con la pérdida de su hijo, ya que su esposo había fallecido. Jesús, en Su propia agonía, dio Juan a María y María a Juan. En su momento de agonía, Jesús estaba allí para ella, a pesar de Su propio dolor.
 
 
“Y desde entonces el discípulo se la llevó a vivir con él.” (Juan 19:27) Sólo nos podemos imaginar las conversaciones entre Juan y María después de que Jesús fue crucificado. María probablemente compartió con él el momento en que el ángel Gabriel se le apareció para anunciarle la concepción de Jesús en su vientre. Probablemente hablaron de Su infancia y todas las cosas que hizo Jesús y dijo durante Su crecimiento.
Tal vez hablaron de esta experiencia con Simeón en el Templo. Seguramente se consolaron mutuamente examinando Su predicción de Su propia resurrección de entre los muertos.
 
 
¿Por qué María es la Madre de la Iglesia? Ella estaba con los discípulos en el cenáculo cuando el Espíritu Santo descendió sobre ellos. Este fue el nacimiento de la Iglesia. Ella amaba a estos hombres como hijos, especialmente cuando John se fue a vivir con ella. Tanto María como la Iglesia nos son dadas para guiarnos a Jesús y al cielo.
 
 
¿Confías en que el Señor está contigo en tu dolor más profundo?
¿Puedes relacionarte con nuestra Santa Madre durante su tiempo de profundo dolor?
¿Has invitado a María a tu hogar y corazón para que ella pueda darte un entendimiento más profundo de su Hijo?
 
Que tengas un día bendecido…
Padre Burke
https://frburke23.wordpress.com – Blog del P. Burke (registrarse para recibir correos electrónicos)
https://www.gamechangersfts.org/ – Retiros, donaciones
 
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Prayer schedule for Monday, June 1, 2020 (all times Central)
 
• RECEIVE DAILY SCHEDULE: Subscribe to my blog to get the daily schedule and daily Scripture reflections – http://www.frburke23.wordpress.com
 
• FOLLOW ON FACEBOOK: For Facebook Live, I am “Burke Masters” on FB. Unfortunately, I cannot accept any more friends because it is full, but I think you can “follow” me. You can also find it on Game Changers FTS on Facebook. If you can, do a Watch Party to attract more of your friends to pray with us.
 
• SUBSCRIBE TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL – I will be adding videos to my YouTube channel. I am adding our prayers classes (from Fr. Steve and I) to this channel. You can subscribe here – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOt-ntVKl9ko98Yd7uiuWOA?view_as=subscriber
 
• LEAD A DECADE OF THE ROSARY AND/OR CHAPLET: If you’d like to lead a decade of the rosary or Chaplet of Divine Mercy, please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040B4DADA822AAFC1-maylets. You must be on the GO TO MEETING and include the access code listed below to lead a decade. On Facebook you can only listen.
 
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7:00am – Relevant Radio – I am a guest on the Morning Air with John and Glen each Monday. You can listen online https://relevantradio.com/ by clicking on “listen live”, or on their Relevant Radio App, or on the radio dial for most of the country. Local channels can be round on their web site. (30 minutes)
 
 
I will be doing workouts this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. If you would like to work out on the other days, you can find one of my old workouts on Facebook or go to Fit Shepherds at Our Lady of Mercy – https://olmercy.com/fitshepherds/.
 
 
9:00am –Holy Mass with Bishop Pates(preaching), Fr. Ryan
• Participate at https://youtu.be/VK3D3IASuow on the Diocese of Joliet YouTube channel
 
 
12:00pm – Regina Caeli & Rosary
• Facebook Live (look under Burke Masters or Game Changers FTS) or
o You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (872) 240-3212
o Access Code: 730-328-349
 
 
3:00pm – Divine Mercy Chaplet
• Facebook Live (look under Game Changers FTS) or
o You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (571) 317-3122
o Access Code: 819-865-805
 
 
3:30pm – Coaches’ Corner from the Catholic Sports Camps –
• Conversation with Pat McCaskey from the Bears!
o You can also dial in using your phone.
o United States: +1 (872) 240-3311
o Access Code: 640-087-653
 
 
7:00pm – Class on Prayer with Fr. Burke & Fr. Steve –
• Facebook Live (look under Burke Masters) or
o You can also dial in using your phone
o United States: +1 (872) 240-3212
o Access Code: 512-547-685
 
 
Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us!
 
Fr. Burke
 

3 thoughts on “Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church (June 1, 2020)

  1. Happy 18th anniversary of your priesthood Fr Burke.. Thank you all for faithfully serving your bride The Church. We pray for all of our priests and seminarians.. ‘For such a time as this’ Mary Mother of
    The Church pray for us!
    🙏❣🕊

  2. Congratulations to You and your classmates on your 18th Anniversary.  How blessed we have been to have you inspiring us daily.   Abundant blessings.Rita

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