15 Sep – Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows
“A faithful and true friend is a living treasure, inestimable in possession, and deeply to be lamented when gone. Nothing is more common than to talk of a friend; nothing more difficult than to find one.” – Robert Hall
1 Hebrews 5:7-9
In the days when he was in the flesh, he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; and when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 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.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
Son though Jesus was, one of the persons he loved most during his human life would have been his mother. And in the gospel passage, we are told that he saw the disciple whom he loved. It suddenly struck me that Jesus gave one of the things he treasured most to a person he loved and trusted. Not that Mother Mary is a ‘thing’ but I can’t think of a more appropriate way to put it for now. But before we go into a “proper use of English” debate, a parallel to that is that God gave his most beloved son to the very people He loved – he gave us all Jesus. However, all we managed to do 2,000 years ago was to crucify him.
Yet, God has not left us. What happens when we give something that we really value to a person we value as much or even more, and that something gets broken or damaged? Honestly, we might just explode and be extremely furious. But if we really value that person, we’ll forgive him or her sooner or later. Now, God gave us his most beloved son. We killed him. But God loves us infinitely. He knew it would happen that way but he still chose to let it happen. And whatever we did before, whatever we do now, or whatever we do in the future, he will still forgive us, if we only go and ask him for forgiveness. Isn’t that a true example of how much our God loves us?
(Today’s OXYGEN by Lyndley Ah Qune)
We pray for those who, not feeling any support or love from others, turn to other dark ways to feel accepted and valued.
Thanks be to God for people who have been around us during dark periods.
Sat, 16 Sep – 1 Corinthians 10:14-22; Luke 6:43-49; Memorial for St. Cornelius, pope, & Cyprian, bishop, martyrs
Sun, 17 Sep – Isaiah 50:5-9a; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35; Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Disclaimer: The reflections expressed in this e-mail are the writer’s own. They may not necessarily reflect the teachings of the Catholic Church. Nonetheless we should all be able to learn something from it.