Our Lady of Sorrows
1st Reading: 1 Tim 3:1–13
Gospel: Lk 2:33–35 (or Jn 19:25–27)
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 or 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.”
We can trace devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows back to apostolic times. St. John the Evangelist, whom we can consider as one of the first devotees of the Mother of Sorrows, witnessed first-hand that Mary stood by the cross of her son. On Calvary she suffered, overwhelmed with grief at seeing her son die an agonizing death by crucifixion. At the presentation of the Infant Jesus at the Temple, Simeon prophesied that Mary’s soul would be pierced by a sword, so that the thoughts of many hearts would be revealed. Mary, as the first and greatest disciple of her Son, participated in a most deep and profound way in the redemptive work of Christ.
By commemorating Our Lady of Sorrows, we call to mind the sufferings that Mary endured as part of her vocation as the mother of Christ. No one has participated more intimately in the redemptive suffering of Christ than Mary. She suffered because of her intimate union with Christ, on account of our sins and on behalf of her spiritual children. Devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows inflames our desire to do penance and make reparation, so as to console the hearts of Jesus and Mary.
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