Posted by: livingscripture | September 15, 2009

Sorrowful Mother

From the Word of the Day


Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; and when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation

for all who obey him.

      (Hebrews 5, 8-9)

 How should we live this Word

 This passage from the letter to the Hebrews helps us to understand something of the abyss of suffering and love that was the Passion of Jesus.  “He offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears to the one who was able to save him from death.”  This shows us a very human Jesus whose emotions are involved and expressed with ‘loud cries and tears’.  If the Son suffered this way, His Mother must have suffered immensely as well.  It is a law of nature that the woman who carries a child in her womb and gives birth, suffers because of the child and with the child.  She bears her child’s pain personally.040707_lead_tbg[1]

 We must also say that Mary was so united with Her Son in her heart, that with Him, she fully accepted the Father’s will.  A spiritual author observes that it is for this reason Jesus’ Mother is full of compassion for our suffering, not only because she suffered with Jesus but also because she was intimately united with Him in His full adherence to the Father’s will.  It sometimes happens that when we are near someone who is suffering, we are moved with feelings of sorrow and even of anguish.  It is only through a serious spiritual journey that we are able to live ‘the obedience of faith’ like Mary in our own pain or that of others.

  Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will visualize Mary standing upright near John at the foot of the cross.  I will entrust myself to her so that she may help me to consent to God even in moments of suffering and continue to love.

 O Mary, dilate my heart in love and compassion even when suffering knocks at my door.

 The voice of Pope Paul VI

 Mary, we ask for love, love for Christ, the only love, the greatest love, total love, love as gift and as sacrifice.  O Virgin Mother of God, pray that we may have strength of soul and hurry the day of our liberty.



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