Our Lady of Sorrows – September 15.
John 19:33 – 35.
The two feasts: The Exaltation of the Cross and Our Mother of Sorrows teach us that pain and suffering are part of our human experience.
The most difficult of all funerals
is when a mother or father bury their child.
Who can comprehend the sorrow a parent is experiencing
when they see their flesh lying in a coffin?
When I have sat with them, they always say
”Why couldn’t it have been me?”
Today we celebrate our Mother of Sorrows.
We know that mother Mary was immaculate,
free from all sin, from her conception.
She stood under the cross of her Divine Son
as she drank the same chalice of his suffering.
Mother Mary once laid her Son in a manger,
the Son she carried in her arms,
and who suckled at her breast
watched as soldiers lifted him up
on a cross hung by nails.
No part of His body or her body too was spared
from the wounds of our sins.
Her spirit was crucified as much as His adorable body,
her heart was pierced with the lance that pierced His.
The two feasts: The Exaltation of the Cross
and Our Mother of Sorrows
teach us that pain and suffering
are part of our human experience.
If there were another way to overcome
the atrocities of our sinful nature,
Jesus and Mary would have been spared such torment,
How much Jesus and Mary love us.
They teach us not to run from our sufferings
or medicate them with distractions as if they don’t exist.
Have no fear to embrace them.
Hold them close to you with all the love in your heart.
The love the Lord Jesus and Mother Mary has for us
will keep us from being crushed by our sin
and the blows and sins of others.
Let us join Mother Mary and stand with her
under the cross of her Son to console her
like we would any mother who lost their child.