THE SERVANT GENERAL
COMFORTED BY OUR LADY OF SORROWS
Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows
Psalm 31:2-3, 3-4, 5-6, 15-16, 20
Who is the one person who was there with Jesus from the very
start up to the very end, and even up to now moving on to
eternity? It is Mary and no other. In looking to Jesus’
humanity, she preceded Jesus her son. By the action of the
Holy Spirit, it was she who gave life to Jesus. And it was
she who was there at the end of Jesus’ earthly life.
“Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother ....”
loved and honored his mother. He was a good son to her as
he lived his hidden years prior to his public ministry. And
so before his death, he looked to her welfare, entrusting
her to his disciple John. “And from that hour the disciple
took her into his home.” (Jn 19:27b).
it was not a simple matter of providing for her housing and
sustenance. Jesus set up an intimate family relationship.
“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.’” (Jn 19:26-27a).
Now we too are disciples whom Jesus loves. And on the cross,
Jesus gave us two great giftsthe gift of salvation, and
the gift of his mother Mary. As we take on the salvation won
for us by Jesus, we become reconciled to the Father. Once
again we are truly children of God. God is our Father. Jesus
is our brother. And of course, Mary is our mother.
children go through some trials and pain while growing up
and going through life. Even Jesus, especially as he faced
the passion. “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” (Heb
5:7a). Who is there to care for and console children? It is
their mothers. But mothers themselves can be the cause of
the suffering. There are those who abort their unborn child,
those who abuse or abandon their children, those who simply
neglect to care for them. There is one mother who will never
do those things, but will only truly care for us. It is Mary.
has a purpose in allowing His children to suffer, just like
His own Son. “Son though he was, he learned obedience
from what he suffered.” (Heb 5:8). Suffering is salvific.
Suffering helps us grow in holiness. Suffering will bring
us to Christian perfection, just like Jesus, “when he
was made perfect” (Heb 5:9a). We of course look to Jesus
in times of distress. “In you, Lord, I take refuge;
.... For you are my rock and my fortress” (Ps 31:2a,4a).
We put our trust in Jesus, as we put our lives in his hands.
“But I trust in you, Lord; .... My destiny is in your
hands” (Ps 31:15a,16a).
even as we look to Jesus, we also look to Mary. Mary is Our
Lady of Sorrows. Her heart was pierced by a sword. She witnessed
the brutal treatment and murder of her son. She certainly
empathizes with the suffering of us, her children. Jesus and
Mary go togetherwhether in being obedient to God and
fulfilling His will, whether in suffering and embracing the
cross, whether in enjoying the blessings of family. Jesus
himself knows the comfort afforded by a loving mother. And
so he gives us his own mother to be our mother. “How
great is your goodness, Lord” (Ps 31:20a).
a true disciple whom Jesus saved, loves and provides for,
go and take Mary into your home.