Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 2:33-35 – THE MEMORIAL OF OUR LADY OF SORROWS: 15 September 2018
This aspect of Mary is important because to many people Mary is just a Christmas Madonna in a clean creche of golden straw and spotless snow. Mary did not have a crown of twelve stars and a beautiful blue mantle in her lifetime.
The first reading from Hebrews (5:7-9) reminds us that Jesus really suffered. It was not a hoax. And Mary suffered with her Son as mothers do. She had sorrows of her own as well. In the first chapters of Luke’s Gospel, Mary realized she was to be mother of the Messiah. It was a time of great promise; the atmosphere was lyrical. Then things go wrong: Simeon’s crushing words, the hurried flight in Egypt, the loss of the child in the Temple, the road to Calvary, the crucifixion, the pieta scene, the burial of Jesus – these are the traditional seven “dolors”.
What sustained Mary was faith that God is true to His word. She stood on His word to her. In the same way, we can endure anything if we know that someone cares and that God s achieving something valuable through us.
The point of this memorial for us is that in dark times, faith enables us to hold to the promise.
Jakarta, 15 September 2018
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