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(Part 17)


October 7, 2013
Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

Today’s readings:
Acts 1:12-14
Judith 13:18-20
Luke 1:26-38

Mary is co-redemptrix. Now there is only one Redeemer of the world, and that is Jesus. But the role of Mary in the work of salvation is so significant as to merit her the title of Co-Redemptrix. “Co” means “with.” God worked through His Son Jesus, but also through Mary. In the history of salvation, Jesus and Mary have always worked as a dynamic duo, a terrific tandem, a perfect pair. It was about Jesus and Mary that God prophesied the crushing of the head of the serpent (in Genesis 3), and it was Jesus and Mary whom the dragon, the ancient serpent, tried to crush but could not, and instead was thrown out of heaven (in Revelation 12).

It was Mary’s yes that got the ball rolling on God’s plan of salvation, to send His own Son into the world through a woman (Lk 1:31,38). Her Son Jesus was the Savior. It was Mary, together with the apostles and disciples, who “devoted themselves with one accord to prayer” (Acts 1:14a) in the upper room, and were the ones on whom the Holy Spirit descended on the day of Pentecost. This day marked the beginning of the Church and her work of rapid and massive worldwide evangelization. Jesus’ triumph on the cross and the proclamation of this good news are what have pushed against the forces of evil and darkness in the world.

In this spiritual war, it always seems that Jesus and Mary might be overwhelmed by the forces of the enemy. Satan caused the crucifixion and death of Jesus, even causing his disciples to give up on their hopes of salvation from their oppressors. And so it was with Judith, a woman facing Holofernes, the ranking general of the Assyrian forces. But Judith slew Holofernes and gave Israel the victory.

Uzziah said to Judith, “Blessed are you, daughter, by the Most High God, above all the women on earth” (Jdt 13:18a). The angel Gabriel said to Mary, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you. Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” (Lk 1:28,30). Later Elizabeth said “Most blessed are you among women.” Then Mary herself said, “behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.”

She is the Blessed Virgin Mary. She is the Mother of God. She is Co-Redemptrix. She is Mediatrix of All Grace. She is our mother. She is our protector. She is our intercessor.

In this spiritual war, we march not only under our Commander-in-Chief, our Lord Jesus Christ, but also under the banner of Mary. We as CFC-FFL have been consecrated to Mary since the restoration of 2007. Let us honor and venerate her. Let us invoke her divine intercession. Let us pray the rosary daily.

Uzziah said to Judith that God “guided your blow at the head of the leader of our enemies.” (Jdt 13:18b). God said to the serpent in Eden that the woman and her offspring will strike at his head. Both Judith and Mary dealt mortal blows.

Uzziah said to Judith, “Your deed of hope will never be forgotten by those who recall the might of God.” (Jdt 13:19). We as evangelizers look to the might of God, the power of the Holy Spirit, in engaging the enemy. We know Jesus has already won the victory, in which we share. Let us never forget that we are indebted to a simple Jewish maiden, who gave her yes to become the mother of the Savior. In her deed is our hope. In her continuing intercession is our continuing hope.

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