September, 2017 – FRIDAY, 23RD Week in Ordinary Time
Our Lady of Sorrows
1 Tm 1: 1 - 2, 12- 14 / Optional Sequence Stabat Mater / Lk 2: 33 - 35
Pope Pius VII extended this devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows to the whole
Church in 1814.
FROM THE FIRST READING: 1 Tm 1: 12- 14
I give thanks to Christ Jesus, our Lord, who is my strength, who has considered me trustworthy and appointed me to his service, although I had been a blasphemer, a persecutor and a rabid enemy. However he took mercy on me because I did not know what I was doing when I opposed the faith; and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, together with faith and Christian love.
GOSPEL READING: Lk 2: 33 - 35
His father and mother wondered at what was said about the child. Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother, "See him; he will be for the rise and fall of the multitudes of Israel. He shall stand as a sign of contradiction, while a sword will pierce your own soul. Then the secret thoughts of many may be brought to light."
Simeon's prophecy marked the first of Mary's sorrows by predicting the future and tragic fate of her Child Jesus. Not knowing God's plan for him and for her, it was painful to hear that "a sword will pierce your own soul." As at the birth of her Son and the visit of the shepherds from the field, Mary "treasured all these messages and continually pondered over them." (Lk 2: 19)
As we contemplate Our Lady of Sorrows we feel with Mary the pains brought to her by what happened to her Son: the flight into Egypt in the night to escape the envy of the King who wanted to kill the child, the frantic scare of missing the twelve-year old Boy in crowded Jerusalem, meeting and consoling her Son carrying the cross to Golgotha, standing at the foot of the cross below her crucified Son, and cradling her Son's body brought down from the cross. In her pain and sorrow, Mary was a witness and participant in how God worked his mercy through Jesus.
Like Mary, each one of us has our shares of pains and sorrows in life. Somehow, as given in Laura Story's song "Blessings," these sorrows are also blessings in disguise. Our travails in life are challenges and trials to see how faithful we are to our good God. Like Mary, we can ponder them in our hearts.
When our faith is tested by pains, difficulties and challenges, may we see God's loving hand helping us. We can surely depend on the care and intercession of Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows and our Mother, to help us through the pain and sorrows to the joy and peace of God's unwavering love and care.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
MICHELLE E. ACERO
ROBINSON CHUA HWAN
SR. MARY OLGA LAM, MIC
THELMA KIMPO PANGANIBAN
PETER & MARY NG
For the healing & recovery of Romie Ang.
For the personal intentions of Cherie Torres.
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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