The Christian life hinges on the Salvation History in which God saved the world through the incarnation of His Son, Jesus Christ.
The ocean of God’s mercy is too vast that it encompassed the human race that was in danger of sin. Various actors played their parts in this beautiful trajectory of Salvation History.
On the part of humans were Adam and Eve together with their descendants. On the Divine side, the protagonists were Christ, who is Mercy, and Mary, who is the “Mother of Mercy.” No wonder St. Paul argues that “as the disobedience of only one made many sinners, so the obedience of one person allowed a multitude to be made just and holy” (Rom.5:19)
Also, he argues again that “all die for being Adam’s, and in Christ all will receive life.” (1 Cor.15:22). In all these, Jesus becomes the New Adam and Mary becomes the New Eve. If Jesus is Mercy personified because he came to save us, then Mary who is the mother of Jesus is also the Mother of Mercy.
Therefore, by praying the Rosary in the month of May, we can also seek the compassion of the Lord through her Mother’s Maternal Mercy.
But is it necessary to seek the compassion of Jesus through Mary? Mary is the mother of the saviour of the world.
And through the compassion of Mary who played a pivotal role in the history of our salvation, she helped in the healing of the world. One of the oldest known prayer of the 3rd century to our Lady called Sub Tuum Praesidium says: “We take refuge beneath your mercies, O Mother of God…” Just as the ancients sing and pray to Mary as the Mother of Mercy, we are also called today especially in this Rosary month to seek the compassion of the Mother of Mercy.
She is ever ready to take our prayers with a tender heart to her Son who is mercy itself. In this era of the pandemic, the whole world needs the mercy of God and just as Mary was the protagonist on the side of the Divine in the atonement for our sins, we can fly to her patronage this time.
Think of the many times Mary showed this mercy in the Bible and the billion times she has shown mercy on those who asked for her intercession throughout history.
This title of Mary as the Mother of Mercy was attributed to Mary already in the 3rd century. Although this title is not in the Bible, several texts in the Bible form the basis of it. As the Mother of Jesus Christ who is God, Mary gave a gracious consent to God and accepted to become the Mother of Mercy (Lk. 1:26-38). It is because of the mercy of God that Jesus Christ came to take up our flesh to save humanity so that we can share in the divinity of the Godhead. As a Church and the world, we can emulate Mary because she did not hesitate to agree to help save her suffering people. Her yes to the Annunciation (Lk. 1:26-38) gives mercy to the world in the form of Jesus Christ. We are entreated to pray the Rosary seeking the compassion of Mary who is a pivotal and maternal mercy personified.
Her consent was that which healed the world and gained for us so great a Redeemer. Therefore, it will not be out of place if we seek the intercession of her maternal mercy which will definitely lead us to Jesus.
Mary’s haste in her compassion and love for her cousin Elizabeth in her time of difficulty (Lk. 1:39-45) is worth contemplating. When Mary heard that her cousin Elizabeth was pregnant, she journeyed from Nazareth to the hill country of Judah. Because Mary is the Mother Mercy, she had mercy on Elizabeth.
The same way Mary is ever ready to help us in our difficult moments and just as she stayed with Elizabeth for about three months, she will remain with us always. What is necessary is to seek her intercession and compassion. Mary is the epitome of mercy because we always pray
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our
life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do
we cry, poor banished children of Eve…
Let us stand valiantly at the cross like Mary (Jn. 19:1) when the Son was in extreme and agonizing pain. She journeyed with the Son through her compassion in order that the world will receive mercy through his death. Mary offers herself in union with Jesus for the life of the world. In this month, offer yourself for a friend, relative, neighbour, classmate, colleague at work, etc. who needs a help.
Pray the Rosary or a decade of the Rosary for someone’s intention in this month of the Holy Rosary. May the Mother of Mercy who gave flesh to Mercy itself help us seek her compassion in order that our prayers may be answered.