15 September 2016
Thursday, 24th Week in Ordinary Time
Our Lady of Sorrows
1 Cor 15:1 – 11 / Jn 19:25 – 27
Pope Pius VII extended this devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows to the whole Church in 1814.
From the 1st Reading: 1 Cor 15:1 – 5
Let me remind you, brothers and sisters, of the Good News that I preached to you and which you received and on which you stand firm. By that Gospel you are saved, provided that you hold to it as I preached it. Otherwise, you will have believed in vain.
In the first place, I have passed on to you what I myself received: that Christ died for our sins, as Scripture says; that he was buried; that he was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures; that he appeared to Cephas and then to the Twelve.
Gospel Reading: Jn 19: 25 - 27
Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister Mary, who was the wife of Cleophas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw the Mother, and the disciple whom he loved, he said to the Mother, "Woman, this is your son." Then he said to the disciple, "There is your mother." And from that moment the disciple took her to his own home.
Today's Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows invites us to stand or kneel by the cross of the crucified Lord, with Mary his mother, John the beloved disciple and two other devoted women-followers mentioned in the Gospel reading.
The special Sequence at the Mass describes for us the crucifixion scene: "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, and now at length the sword had passed."
At the presentation of the Child Jesus at the Temple, the old man Simeon had rejoiced at seeing "your salvation," "the light you will reveal to the nations" and had prophesied that "a sword will pierce your [Mary's] own soul." (Lk 2: 30, 32, 35)
At the cross Mary suffered with her Son and wept with the world for the world's Redeemer.
At the cross the dying entrusts his mother Mary to the beloved disciple John who then "takes her into his own home." (Jn 19: 27) He also entrusts John to Mary, "Woman, this is your son." (Jn 19: 26)
Mary becomes mother not only to John but to the Church, the new people of God, the brothers and sisters of the Lord. Mary as our mother can and will teach us how to know, love and follow the Lord who gave his life for us on the cross and rose from the dead to lead us into his heavenly kingdom.
And with John we are privileged to take Mary our mother into our own homes. What would Mary find in our home? Would she feel welcome and at ease there? Would Mary find welcome and love for her in our heart?
We pray, as the Sequence ended, "Christ, when you shall call me hence, be your Mother my defense, be your cross my victory. While my body here decays, may my soul your goodness praise, safe in heaven eternally."
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Sr. Mary Olga Lam MIC
Michelle E. Acero
Maria Elmer R. Evidente
Reynaldo & Teresita Loo
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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