Dear Fathers - Friends in Christ
Today, the Church commemorates Our Lady of Sorrows.
There were seven main sorrows in Mary's life:
The prophecy of Simeon, the escape and flight into Egypt, the loss of the child Jesus in the temple of Jerusalem, the meeting of Mary and Jesus on the Via Dolorosa, the crucifixion of Jesus, the piercing of the side of Jesus, and His descent from the cross.
Jesus called His mother to share in His passion and in the sorrows that accompanied it. When we reflect on Mary's sorrows, we remember that she was "full of grace." That means there was no room in her heart for hatred, anger or retaliation. She submitted herself to God's will and was full of faith, hope and trust. Jesus' sufferings were extreme and unjust, and yet she said not a word; she suffered in silence.
As we reflect on our own lives and sorrows, let us resolve to imitate Mary when we face new trials and difficulties. Let us turn to her, the Mother of Holy Hope, and ask not "why me," but do our best to be patient, hopeful and trusting, knowing that God will work out all for the good.
Father Ed Bakker