With Mary the Mother of Jesus

When the Church – that of yesterday or of today – gathers in the Upper Room, Mary is there. Acts points out: there they were, “Mary the Mother of Jesus.” Mary is there. How, indeed, could a birth take place where the mother is absent? How could Christ be “born” again in his Church without Mary? It was also at Cana when the disciples began to believe in him; she was at the foot of the Cross, when the Church was born from the pierced heart of Jesus: this is where Christ was with Mary our mother, telling her, “Woman, behold your son!” She could not be absent on the day of Pentecost, when Peter and the other apostles, delivered from the anguish that gripped them, were born to their new existence as witnesses to the Easter faith.