Friday 15 September 2017
Our Lady of Sorrows.
1 Timothy 1:1-2, 12-14. Psalm 15(16):1-2, 5, 7-8, 11. Luke 6:39-42.
You are my inheritance, O Lord — Psalm 15(16):1-2, 5, 7-8, 11.
‘Rejoice when you share in the sufferings of Christ.’
When Mary said ‘yes’ to accepting God’s will and plan for salvation, her fiat, I wonder if she realised the pain and suffering she would endure as the mother of Christ, witnessing the cruelty of his Passion and death. Today, the Church recognises her pain as we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. This devotion recognises the seven sorrows of Our Lady, often depicted in religious artwork as seven swords piercing a mournful Mary’s heart. This imagery comes from the first ‘sorrow’ when Simeon prophesied to Our Lady, saying:
‘Behold this child is destined for the ruin and rising of many in Israel and to be a sign of contradiction; and your own soul a sword will pierce.’
Mother Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us and comfort us in our own times of distress.