Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today's Gospel.
Today's Gospel: John 19:25-27
Today, the Catholic Church honors the Blessed Mother under the title, Our Lady of Sorrows. Traditionally, we remember seven sorrows that pierced Mary’s heart throughout her life:
• the prophecy of Simeon
• the flight into Egypt
• the loss of Jesus in the Temple
• meeting Jesus on the road to Calvary
• standing at the foot of the Cross
• receiving the body of Jesus after He died
• Jesus’ burial
In today’s Gospel, Mary stands at the foot of the Cross. How can she even bear to see Jesus in so much pain? How can she stand so strong in the face of such evil? Watching her Son, she longs to ease His pain. But she also knows what He has to do for the salvation of the world. So, she remains “close to Jesus to the last,” as the Stabat Mater expresses. From the Cross, we hear Jesus say, “Woman, behold, your son.” … “Behold, your mother.” (John 19:26-27)
Jesus knows that throughout this earthly life, we will endure our own set of sorrows, just like Mary did. So, He gives us His perfect mother to be our mother, too. He knows that we will need her motherly love and care in times of uncertainty, fear, and suffering. For Mary knows suffering. She knows sorrow. And she understands pain, loss, and grief. But more importantly, Mary knows what to do in the midst of it. In the most agonizing situations,
Mary knows how to wait with hope, remain steadfast, trust in the Lord, and offer it all to God. And just as she stands at the foot of Cross with her Son Jesus, she will keep us company through our hardest times, too.
Has Our Lady of Sorrows walked with you during a time of suffering? How can you respond with gratitude for her companionship and help?
Our Lady of Sorrows, you endured so much and yet, you remained so close to Jesus, so trusting of God. Help me to stay strong in my love and trust in the Lord, especially during difficult times. Amen.
Copyright 2021 Sarah Damm