Today the Church celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. If you attend Mass today, you may sing or chant the Stabat Mater, a beautiful reflection of the sorrows of Mary. You’ll find it if you click the link for today’s readings.
The Church gives parishes an option of two different readings for the Gospel. The first is from John 19, the scene at the foot of the cross where Jesus gives his mother to John. The other is from Luke 2 where Simeon tells Mary, “you yourself a sword will pierce,” prophesying about her coming sorrows.
I think that one of the hardest things in the world is for a parent to bury their child. My mom has had to bury three of her six children, so I’ve seen this firsthand. How much greater must Mary’s sorrow have been? Watching her only son, who she knew was the Son of God, brutally beaten, scorned, laughed at, spit upon and left to die on a cross. Even if she knew God’s big grand plan, the hurt must have been immense. So, whenever you feel great sorrow, ask for the intercession of Our Lady of Sorrows. She knows what you’re going through.
Father, thank you for giving Mary the strength to endure so many hardships. May we do the same with the same grace. Amen.