Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Yesterday, Apr. 4 - the Feast of the Annunciation (transferred from Mar. 25 since Good Friday was on that date this year), I received this picture:
I’ve never seen a picture quite like it. The expression on Mary’s Face is so very tender! Mary’s right hand on Eve’s cheek is so typical of a Mother’s caressing the face of her child. Mary’s left hand holding Eve’s hand to the beating Heart of Baby Jesus within Mary’s womb is so like Mary’s holding us close to Jesus — from the moment He gave us to Her, and Her to us as Mother, on Calvary.
The more I ponder the picture, the more I’m blessed by it. Mary is “terrible as an army set in battle array”-- by the power of God’s Son within her, Mary crushes satan beneath her foot. Still, God’s Mercy looks through Mary’s eyes and sees the sadness on Eve’s face. Mary is the Mother of Mercy, the Refuge of sinners and the Queen of all Saints. Mary’s eyes and the hint of a beginning smile on her lips tell Eve and us: “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life”. ( John 3:16)