Tuesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

GN 13:2, 5-18, MT 7:6, 12-14

Today’s feast of Mary, our Mother of Perpetual Help, is unique to the Redemptorists.  Her icon was given to us with the mandate to “make her known” in 1866.

The icon shows Mary holding the Child Jesus, not as a possessive mother, but as a faithful disciple; she offers the Messiah to us and direct us to listen to him. 

The gospel for today’s feast is the scene of Mary at the foot of the Cross.  The tender exchange has Jesus entrusting his mother to his beloved disciple and her to him.  Here Mary is the mother of the Redeemer and the mother of the redeemed. 

In this icon, we are called to follow the example of Mary as a disciple.  She is attentive and always listening to the voice of God.  Her posture suggests a readiness to follow and a readiness to help people follow her divine Son.


“Mother of God, shield us under your wings from all danger.  You are our refuge, our greatest hope. “

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