Thursday 15 September 2022

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Our Lady of Sorrows

1 Corinthians 15:1-11. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good – Psalm 117(118):1-2, 15-17, 28. Luke 7:36-50.

A sword will pierce your own soul too

One of the Gospel alternatives for the Mass of Our Lady of Sorrows is the story of Simeon blessing the Holy Family in the Temple. He not only prophesies the significant mission of Jesus, but warns Mary that she will suffer with him. The first lines of the Sequence, the Stabat Mater, read, ‘At the Cross her station keeping stood the mournful Mother weeping, close to Jesus to the last; through her heart, his sorrow sharing, all his bitter anguish bearing, now at length the sword had passed.’ From the prediction to its fulfilment lies a space of about 30 years. Our Lady of Sorrows is a companion to us in all our pain, as she truly knows what it is to suffer with, and for, others. May we not be overwhelmed but continue to trust in God’s goodness and love through it all.

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