By Archbishop Gomez
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
June 01, 2020

My brothers and sisters in Christ,

We honor Mary our Blessed Mother today in this beautiful memorial that Pope Francis gave to the universal Church two years ago.

And we ask her intercession especially today for our city and for our country as we continue to confront violence and unrest, and also as we continue to pray for an end to coronavirus pandemic.

May our Blessed Mother help us to reflect on all that is happening in our life, in our world in light of God’s plan for creation and for our lives.

This is what is so important. We need to always know that our lives, that events in the world — everything is unfolding within the providence of God.

The Gospel today shows us Jesus on the cross — his heart opened for us, his arms stretched wide for us.

No matter what happens in our lives, no matter what happens in our society — the cross is the answer. His Sacred Heart is the answer. The Immaculate Heart and Sorrowful Heart of Our Lady is the answer. Because this is how much God loves us, each one of us.

And the cross was his plan from before all creation. The first reading this morning takes us back to the beginning of the world, and the sin of the first man and the first woman.

Those words that we hear this morning: “After Adam had eaten of the tree, the Lord God called to him and asked him, ‘Where are you?”

My brothers and sisters, as we know, God created this world out of love. He created his human family for love, for freedom, for beauty and truth. He gave each one of his children this beautiful gift of life — and he did this even though he knew we would use our freedom to turn away from him and sometimes, with the capacity of hurting one another.

And yet God never stops loving us. He never stops calling to us, from those first moments in the Garden of Eden. God is still calling to us today, to each one of us: “Where are you?”

Even when Adam and Eve disobeyed, even when they tried to hide from him and tried to live without him, God did not abandon his children. This is still true today: sometimes, sadly, we can turn our back on God, but he will never turn his back on us.

There is no story of sin that is not also a story of God’s invitation to repentance and mercy. Not in the Bible, not in our lives, and not in human history. 

So, my dear brothers and sisters, the message of this great memorial is this — trust in God, trust in his love. He has a plan. His love is real and his mercy is true.

And on the cross today, we heard Jesus saying to St. John — he is speaking to you and to me, to every person — he says to St. John: “Behold your mother.”

My brothers and sisters, Jesus wants us to love Mary just as he loves her.

So today, let us ask for the grace to answer the call of God and come to the foot of the cross, to be with Mary, our Blessed Mother, and with her Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us entrust the troubles in our world and the troubles in our lives to our Holy Mother Mary, who is the Mother of God, the Mother of the Church, and the mother of every one of us.

May she help us always to hear the voice of God in our lives and to trust in his love, his mercy, and his Providence.

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