Mary, Mother and Model of the Disciple
May the Virgin of Pentecost obtain this for us through her intercession. By a unique vocation, she saw her Son Jesus “increase in wisdom and in stature, and in favor.” As he sat on her lap and later as he listened to her throughout the hidden life at Nazareth, this Son, who was ‘the only Son from the Father’, ‘full of grace and truth’, was formed by her in human knowledge of the Scriptures and of the history of God’s plan for his people, and in adoration of the Father.’ She in turn was the first of his disciples.
She was the first in time, because even when she found her adolescent son in the Temple she received from him lessons that she kept in her heart.’ She was the first disciple above all else because no one has been ‘taught by God” to such depth. She was ‘both mother and disciple’, as Saint Augustine said of her, venturing to add that her discipleship was more important for her than her motherhood.’ There are good grounds for the statement made in the Synod Hall that Mary is 'a living catechism’ and ‘the mother and model of catechists’.
May the presence of the Holy Spirit, through the prayers of Mary, grant the Church unprecedented enthusiasm in the catechetical work that is essential for her. Thus will she effectively carry out, at this moment of grace, her inalienable and universal mission, the mission given her by her Teacher: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.”