Friday, September 15, 2006

Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother
and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,
and Mary Magdalene.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved
he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”
Then he said to the disciple,
“Behold, your mother.”
And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
John 19:25-27

Our heavenly mother stands at the foot of the cross, and weeps the tears of utmost sorrow. Since Jesus loves his mother so much, he gives her to the apostles, and she takes them as hers.

A gesture of love, so his mother will not be alone in the world. But in the heavenly court Jesus is with her always. How is it her tears still come when she is in heaven, she should be happy.

She is our mother at the point that Jesus gave her to the apostles, she then became ours. What a beautiful gift Jesus gave of his mother. But she cries for us too, just as she did for Jesus on the cross. Her tears still fall because we have not reconciled ourselves to her Son and to God who are one with each other.

What a wonderful mother we have in Mary, that she is so concerned with our sins, to see us free from them. She is beautiful beyond belief, because her heart is filled with everlasting love for us as it is with God. Let us dry her tears once and for all. Let us be filled with the love of God that brings peace to all.

May her tears no longer be shed out of sorrow, but out of joy.

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