(Part 20)


September 15, 2015

Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

Today’s gospel:  John 19:25-27

Mary was there from Jesus’ birth, through the whole lifetime of Jesus, to Jesus’ death. “Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother ….” (v.25). Very close to death, Jesus established, through the disciple John, our relationship with Mary.

First, we are Mary’s children. “When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son.’” (v.26). Second, for the same reality but looking at it from the opposite perspective (ours), Mary is our mother. “Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother.’” (v.27a). Jesus gave us to his mother as her children, and Jesus gave his mother to us.

Aside from everything else that can be said of Mary, this is one reason why we venerate and love Mary. She is our mother. She was given to us by Jesus himself. She is to take care of us just as she took care of Jesus throughout his whole lifetime. She is there with us even when we are just in the womb and certainly when we die.

But it is not just venerating and loving Mary. We are to do something very concrete, since she is our mother. “And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.” (v.27b). As true disciples of Jesus, we are to take her into our home, no, not just into our hearts, but literally into our homes. Mother and children are to live together. That means we have concrete remembrances of her in the form of statues, pictures, posters, etc. That means we speak to her, when we pray the rosary, when we do our Marian devotions, when we say a simple Hail Mary. That means we look to her to intercede for us (she is our Mediatrix), to guide us along the way of Christ (she is the Seat of Wisdom). That means we go to her when we need comfort, in times of suffering and pain (she is Our Lady of Sorrows).

As children of God, as brethren of Jesus, as loving instruments of the Holy Spirit, our family becomes complete as a true divine family, and our home as a divine dwelling, when we have the Triune God …. and Mary our mother.

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