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Daily Reflections

Piercing Sorrow

September 15, 2020

'Piercing Sorrow'

Our Lady of Sorrows

Standing by the cross of Jesus [was] his mother... When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son." Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother."

- John 19:25-27

When Joseph and Mary presented their newborn Jesus in the Temple, Simeon predicted that a sword would pierce Mary's heart (Luke 2:35). There could be no more agonizing piercing for Mary than to watch her son be crucified. As she stood below, silently pouring out her love to him, he looked down and saw her. In that wrenching moment, he entrusted her to John's care. In anguish she watched him die and be taken to the tomb. I love to imagine that, on Easter morning, perhaps Mary was the first person Jesus appeared to when he rose from the dead, holding with wordless tenderness the one who held him in her womb, transforming her piercing sorrow into joy.

Courtesy of: http://www.livingfaith.com/devotion-09-15-2020