05/24 Monday of Week VIII

“Here is your son”, “Here is your mother”

GOSPEL, John (19, 25-27)

Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint John

 The Crucifixion of Jesus

Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

The Gospel of the Lord

 

REFLECTION

On the day when we are invited to reflect on Mary the Mother of the Church the proposed Gospel (John 19, 25-27) takes us to Mount Calvary to deepen Mary’s pain and faith at the cross of her Son.

She watched as a mother, wept as a mother, and so is linked with her son in His plea for forgiveness by the Father. When on the Cross- He says – “Father, forgive them! They do not know what they do!” (Luke 23, 34).

The phrase let it be done to me according to your word” must resonate with each of us and compel us to imitate her. “Next to the cross of Jesus was Mary, His Mother, and with her, the disciple he loved”

 What happened on that day indicates what must happen each day: it is necessary to remain close to the cross of Jesus, as did the disciple he loved. It is not enough to suffer close to the cross. What is important is to stay close to “Jesus” on the cross, the cross itself is where and how He suffered. Consequently, with faith, we thus appropriate the suffering of Christ. Mary’s faith at the cross was more significant than even the enormity of her suffering.

St. Paul says that the word of the cross is “the power of God and the wisdom of God for those who are called” (1Corinthianss 1, 18.24) and says that the Gospel is the power of God “for all who believe”.  (Romans 1.16)

 

PRAYER

Prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows

Hallowed Mother, do this favour: Those Wounds that gored my Saviour, deeply on my heart engraved. Mine it be, Christ’s throes in sharing. Mine it be, his anguish bearing. These, his wounds, to keep in mind. From the flame of hell unending, be thou, Virgin, me defending, in that dreadful reckoning day! When in death my eyes are closing, open them, Lord, to see reposing, Victory’s crown in Mary’s hand. When my frame by death is broken, and my doom by thee is spoken, be it, Lord, the better land. Amen.

I beseech you, O Lord Jesus Christ, that the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose most holy soul was pierced in the hour of your Passion by the sword of sorrow, may intercede for us with Your mercy now and at the hour of our death. Amen