Reflection: Our Lady of Sorrows

Memorial, September 15

First Reading: 1 Tm 3:1-13
Responsorial: Ps 101:1b-2ab, 2cd-3ab, 5, 6
Gospel: Lk 2:33-35

It seems highly appropriate after celebrating the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the Church follows that with a Marian Feast, Our Lady of Sorrows, as it reflects Mary’s close presence in the life of her son, Jesus.

This memorial, formerly known as the “Seven Sorrows of Mary”, includes many options for scripture: the first reading from the memorial or of the day; the “Stabat Mater” sequence; and the Gospel from either the scene at Calvary or Simeon’s prophecy.

Like the symbol of the Cross, Mary’s entire life was a sign of contradiction: becoming pregnant out of wedlock; becoming mother and daughter to God; becoming homeless at the time of her child’s birth; becoming a refugee to flee her own country; becoming a parent who outlives her child; becoming mother to all when her son dies; becoming a model of faith to witness that the resurrection—and not death—has the final word.

In many ways, our lives as Marianist religious are signs of contradiction: through our vow of poverty, we become rich in sharing the greatest treasure in our lives: God; through our vow of chastity, we learn the lifelong lesson of giving and receiving unconditional love; through our vow of obedience, we learn the importance of listening and mutual discernment of God’s call; and through our lives in community, we discover the person God wants us to become.

A personalized addendum to Timothy’s letter could speak about the role of a professed Marianist religious: Marianists, too, will become a sign of contradiction to the world; bound by their evangelical vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and stability, they are faithful to Mary’s mission of leading others to Christ.

As we begin our day and prepare to receive the Eucharist, let us pray for the strength to become faithful signs of contradiction in our world and share the joy of our Marianist charism with all whom we meet today.

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One Comment on “Reflection: Our Lady of Sorrows”

  1. braddah, nice reflection — nice connection between Mary as a sign of contradiction herself, and our Marianist vocation. letʻs continue for pray for each other and for continue growth in our vocation.

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