Our Lady of Sorrows


Behold, this child is destined  
for the fall and rise of many in Israel,
and to be a sign that will be contradicted
and you yourself a sword will pierce
so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

With this day of Our Lady of Sorrows the scripture reading details the first sorrow; that prophesy of Simeon. In his prophesy is a contradiction, her heart pierced so “the thoughts of many hearts revealed.” In that prophesy is both the sorrow, and joy. That link between sorrow and joy is emphasized in the seven sorrows.There are seven swords that pierce Mary’s heart. Simeons prophecy is but one. In bible speak the joy is hinted at with that number seven. The swords adequately depict the pain of Mary, and their number implies how that suffering is put to work. The sorrows of Mary echo the wounds of Christ. Is too begin as pain and suffering and sorrow and death. His too also triumph at Easter. While one can and should focus on that sorrow of Mary, shouldn’t one also seek how her sorrow leads to something greater? In her sorrow she holds His body as it is removed from that cross, in her sorrow that body is placed in a tomb. He joy though that follows is resurrection and His church. From that sorrow also comes a joy. Her sorrows are her death, in a sense her crucifixion. As with Christ, where is the victory of the cross if there is no resurrection? Like her Son, Mary also triumphs over her sorrows. It is her passion to endure those sorrows for the sake of her Son. Never abandoning him, and always having faith in him.

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