Posted by: livingscripture | September 15, 2010

Twenty Fourth Wednesday of Ordinary Time

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 understand something of the abyss of suffering-love of Jesus in His Passion.  In fact, the sacred author has just written, “he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears to the one who was able to save him from death…”

 We see here a very sensitive Jesus, whose emotions are involved and are expressed with ‘loud cries and tears.’  If the Son suffers this way, the Mother must also have suffered bitterly.  It is a law of nature that the woman who has carried and given birth to a child, suffers on its account and is involved personally in the child’s pain.  We must also say that Mary was so totally united with her Son in her heart that she fully accepted with Him the Father’s will.  A spiritual author observed that for this reason, Mary is full of compassion for our suffering, not only because she suffered with Jesus but also because she is intimately united with Him in full adherence to the Father’s will.

 Sometimes, when we are near someone who suffers, we feel sorrowful and even anguished.  It is only through a serious spiritual journey that we are able to ‘live the obedience of faith’ like Mary, even in moments of suffering, both ours and that of others.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will visualize Mary, upright beside John, at the foot of the cross.  I entrust myself to her comforting maternity that she may help me understand that consenting to God in times of suffering means believing and consenting to the will of One who is entirely the infinite will of Love.

 O Mary, take me along with you on the journey.  Fill my heart with infinite compassion.

 The voice of Pope Paul VI                                               

Mary, we ask for love, love of Christ, one love, highest love, total love, love as gift, love as sacrifice.  O Virgin Mother of God, implore for us strength of soul and bring quickly the awaited day of due freedom.


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