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Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

 

READINGS

First Reading: 1 COR 11:17-26, 33

Responsorial Psalm:  PS 40:7-8A, 8B-9, 10, 1

Gospel: JN 19:25-27

 

Homily

Yesterday, we celebrated the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. Today, we are celebrating the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows. This celebration reminds us that to be with Jesus in His suffering is to suffer with God. In our Gospel, our Blessed Mother stood at the foot of the cross of Jesus when Jesus was dying on the cross. We understand that as a mother, she could not just leave her Son to die without her. Jesus then is the reason of her sorrows.

There are a lot of people today who are suffering from various causes. The experience of sorrow and pain inflicts in the person great suffering. And this is inflicting not just the poor but the rich as well. Those who suffer persecutions, like those who were killed in Iraq, those who are afflicted with cancer and other terminal sickness, those who suffer because of broken relationships and many others are sorrowful in life. Because of this some could not take it anymore that they had nervous breakdown. Others commit suicide. Others inflict pain on others. They themselves become persecutors. Here. we understand that the normal human tendency is to remove or run away from suffering that causes their sorrow. They stand at their own crosses. They suffer alone, they do not suffer with God.

As Mary stood at the cross of Jesus, she embraced it. Yes, she suffered at the sufferings of Jesus but she faced it with courage and faith. She did not want it but she welcomed it, not alone, but with God. She did not fall apart. We may say to ourselves that we cannot do as Mary did for she, as the Mother of God, was an extraordinary woman who can withstand anything because God is with her. True! But it does not mean that God does it only to Mary. Our faith tells us that God does not abandon His people. He is Emmanuel, God with us. He is with us always even during times of pain and suffering. But are we with God? Do we suffer with God? Or do we rather suffer alone? Are we facing our sorrows with the courage of Mary? Let us then pray that people may learn to suffer with God. It is only then that they will have the courage to face it with hope.

In the end, if we suffer with God today, we will experience the joy of the resurrection of Jesus.

 

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