The Feast of OUR LADY OF SORROWS ~ Rev. Deacon Br. Joshua Hatten, OPoc

eyes crying Our Lady of SorrowsMy beloved friends, the reason we call to mind and celebrate this feast is for us to take the time to reflect upon, and  to call to mind, the great sufferings of our Mother, our Lady,  the Mother of God, The Blessed Virgin Mary, which she endured with great compassion.

Traditionally, the church recognizes the SEVEN GREAT SORROWFUL EVENTS the Blessed Virgin Mary had to face with a martyrdom of spirit.  They are:

1) The Prophecy of St. Simeon when our Lord was presented at the temple.

2) The Holy Family’s flight into Egypt.

3) The three days that our Lord was missing, before finding  him  in HIS FATHER’S HOUSE.

4) Our Mother meeting her Son, Our Lord, on his was to Calvary.

5) Our Lady, with St John and St Mary Magdelene at the foot of the cross – watching her son’s physical agony and physical death.

6) The taking of our Lord down from the Cross of Redemption.

7) And our Lord’s entombment and burial.

These are but seven events that we recognize in our Lady’s life… but can we begin to fathom those things she pondered in her heart over the 33 years of being Jesus Christ’s mother??  Can you imagine your child, being destined to save the world by HIS DEATH?  Can you place your mind in our Lady’s mind as the years passed, filled with motherly love and at the same time knowing what was to come?

St Simeon was certainly right when he told Mary “and a sword shall pierce your own heart, too.”  My dear!!  What a sword indeed!!  Her only son, GOD ALMIGHTY – and Mary, knowing all that was to come, gives us, in my opinion, the greatest example of total faith in Christ.  When at the wedding at Cana, she gives us the penultimate instruction:  “DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU.”

Take the time today, and every day, to remind yourself that our Lady not only had a motherly love for Jesus – but she also loved and adored and believe on Him as her Lord and Savior.  Her God, the Almighty.

Personally, I believe that as much as we may love anyone – family, friends and even foes, it cannot be greater than the love of the Blessed Virgin Mary for Jesus – her son, her redeemer and her God.  So, on this feast day, let us open our minds and our hearts to take time to solemnly reflect upon these, albeit unfathomable, sorrows of our intercessor and Mother.

Let us ponder these events in our own hearts.  let us keep in mind this sword that pierced our Lady’s own soul. (Saint Luke 2:33).   And let us pray for our Mother to intercede for us during our own great sufferings – something she too well understands, and because of which, extends her hands toward us to offer her intercession, her holy prayers and mother love for even us who are  sinners.  For Mary truly can say “Look around and see… is any suffering like my suffering?” (Lamentations 1:12)

In spite of her trials and tribulations, and the unimaginable fears and horrors that she faced, Our Lady NEVER lost hope.  She never faltered in her love, compassion and complete faith in her God and her Son.

She is truly our greatest example in following Christ, no matter HOW HEAVY THE CROSSES WE MUST BEAR.  Remember her words:  “DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU.”

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.  O most holy Virgin, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ: by the overwhelming grief you experienced when you witnessed the martyrdom, the crucifixion, and death of your divine Son, look upon me with eyes of compassion, and awaken in my heart a tender commiseration for those sufferings, as well as a sincere detestation of my sins, in order that being disengaged from all undue affection for the passing joys of this earth, I may sigh after the eternal Jerusalem, and that henceforward all my thoughts and all my actions may be directed towards this one most desirable object. Honor, glory, and love to our divine Lord Jesus, and to the holy and immaculate Mother of God. Amen.

 

 

May God bless you.  +

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