Our Lady of Sorrows
Hebrews 5:7-9, Psalm 31, 1 Timothy 3:14-16,
John 19:25-27 or Luke 2:33-35
When someone we love suffers, we suffer along with them.
This distress is particularly true of parents when their children suffer. When a child suffers physically or emotionally, the mother and father suffer along with their child, and sometimes, even more so. You give your heart in love to others, and, invariably—it will break. There is no love without suffering. The only way to avoid that kind of pain is to lock our hearts up. We may attempt not to give our hearts to anything or anyone to keep them intact, so they never break. Unfortunately, to do that is only to be half alive. The only way to live is to love and to accept the suffering that love inevitably brings.
Today, we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. Mary, the mother of our Lord, gave her heart to her Son. When she saw her Son's broken body hanging on the cross, her heart was broken. Michelangelo's famous sculpture, the Pieta (above), captures Mary's sorrow in a very powerful way. In the Gospel narrative of Saint Luke, we make the connection as Simeon professes that "a sword will pierce" Mary's heart, which it did. When our hearts are broken because of love, we can look to Our Lady of Sorrows as inspiration and support.
Question of the Day: Will you bring your pain and sorrows to Jesus and Mary to find peace and consolation?
Prayer: "Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary; without dying, you won the martyr's crown beneath the Cross of the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia."