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Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

Brothers and sisters:
As a body is one though it has many parts,
and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body,
so also Christ.
For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one Body,
whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons,
and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.
Now the body is not a single part, but many.
Now you are Christ’s Body, and individually parts of it.
Some people God has designated in the Church
to be, first, Apostles; second, prophets; third, teachers;
then, mighty deeds;
then gifts of healing, assistance, administration,
and varieties of tongues.
Are all Apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers?
Do all work mighty deeds? Do all have gifts of healing?
Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?
Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts.

Gospel JN 19:25-27
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother
and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,
and Mary Magdalene.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved
he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”
Then he said to the disciple,
“Behold, your mother.”
And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
or
Jesus’ father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;
and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother,
“Behold, this child is destined
for the fall and rise of many in Israel,
and to be a sign that will be contradicted
and you yourself a sword will pierce
so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”


Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. 
Take the Gospel to prayer:

I am guessing that this meme is NOT an indicator of one of Mary's many sorrows! I do not include it here to mock our Lord or His holy mother. But I wanted to include it as a visual cue for our discussion today.

When we think of Mary's relationship with Jesus, we often go to looking at how one would "mother" God. In the sense of this meme, how do you instruct your Child who is God? One wonders what challenges Jesus' human nature offered His parents. We know that He was left behind during the family trip to Jerusalem because He left the family caravan and went off to the Temple to teach instead. Were there other surprises?

This day reminds us that Mary's unconditional "Let it be done unto me according God's will" brought her a life where she daily faced knowing that "her boy" was not going to have an easy road ahead of Him. The second Gospel text tells us that Simeon warned her that her life would not be easy. The parental instinct to protect your child could not shield Him from the abuse He took as He spread His message. The parental instinct is to sacrifice ones self for the sake your Child, but Mary would have to stand by and watch Jesus lay down His life for us all.

There was sorrow mixed with joy in Mary's life just as there is in ours. We, too, face times where our decision to follow God's Will puts us face-to-face with rejection or some other painful repercussion. We can find consolation knowing that Mary faced even greater sorrow. She stands as our mother now and will intercede to spare us, her children, as well as provide us with the perfect example of what it means to live according to God's plan.

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.