“Behold the handmaid of the Lord, may it happen to me”(Luke 1:38) replied Mary. She accepted the invitation of the Lord to be mother of His Son. The salvation history centered to that acceptance to be obedient to His will. This ‘yes’ initiated a ‘U’ turn in the salvation history.
Who is Mother Mary for us? For us She is not someone who takes us away from Her Son but on the contrary- She is the one who brings us closer to Her Son Jesus through Her most powerful intercession. Do we really need Mother Mary to intercede for us? Is it wrong to seek the intercession of Mother Mary? St. Paul wrote, “For there is one God, and there is one who brings God and mankind together, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself to redeem all mankind.’ (1 Timothy 2:5-6) In Deuteronomy 18:11, it says. “…don’t let them consult the dead.” Is Mother Mary dead? Are the Saints dead? The Bible very clearly tells us that Jesus died on the Cross. But the Bible also clearly testifies that it does not end there. Jesus rose again! In the Gospel of Luke 24:4-5, we read that “two men in bright shining clothes stood by the women and asked them this important question. ’Why do you look for the living among the dead?'” The words ‘look for the living’ implies many not one – then who are the living? God told Adam that if he ate of the Forbidden Tree, he would die. What death is this? God means not the death of the body but of the soul. Remember what Jesus said, “Whoever eats of me will live forever.” (John 6:58) If we live with Jesus, there is no death for our soul. She said ‘yes’ to the call of God to give life to all through Jesus. Let us share the salvation history with Mother Mary by saying ‘yes’ to God’s will.
We are Syro Malabar Catholics of St Thomas Syro Malabar diocese of Chicago who believed to be converted by Apostle St. Thomas himself. We are immigrant community began as a prayer group and today a fully fledged parish with all activities. We believe that Mother Mary our Patroness always intercede for us.
Welcome everyone to our parish to experience Mother Mary’s intercession and protection.
Fr Sibi Kurian