From the teaching of the New Testament we believe that the Church is the body of Christ in the world today. Christ, the Risen Lord, is the Head of this body and the members make up all the parts of the body. As members of the Church through baptism we are one with Christ our Head. Christ does not exist on the earth without his body, the Church. Because Christ is all holy, the Church is holy and all the members are called to holiness. However, because we are also sinners, the Church in her members is ever in need of reform to grow more like her Lord, the Head of the Church.
When Jesus on the cross saw His mother and the disciple He loved, He said to His mother: “Woman, behold your son.” To the disciple, who represents all members of the Church, He said: “Behold your mother.” (Jn.19:26-27) Mary the mother of Jesus from this moment forward became also the mother of the disciples in the Church. Mary is not only the most glorious member of the Church and a symbol for the Church but the mother of the Church, the body of Christ. Mary is the mother of Jesus the Head of the Church and the mother of the disciples personified by the beloved disciple.
The beloved disciple then took Mary into his home. We the Church take Mary our mother into our home. In the Church we venerate her and honor her as the Mother of God and as our mother. In our hearts we utter daily these words: “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.”
Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us!