Today I was introduced to the suffering that my mother Mary felt on the way of the cross. We often talk about God giving His only begotten son, but we rarely talk about Mary giving her only son. I can't begin to imagine the pain and suffering she felt. She must have remembered the prophecy of Simeon so many times. The Bible tells us that « sword of sorrow will pierce through your heart » Jesus’ heart was pierced as well! A sword that pierced the heart is intended to kill. It is the pain of dying slowly as someone bleeds their heart out, I can only imagine it to be excruciating. This was no ordinary sword it was sword of sorrows.
My love for mama Mary began with the Bible. Father Martin once told me « Mary is who the Bible says she is » he said « say that and everything will fall into place ».
The Bible says she is the one whom the sword of sorrow will pierced through her heart. What does that mean ?
Mary did not only suffer the suffering of the incarnated God! She took on His heavenly pain. If we want to feel what it must have felt like for God to send His only begotten son to be crucified, we only have to look at Mary.
She felt the pain of her son as any mother does. She must have wished she could take on His cross and that caused her more pain, but I wonder what she said to Him when she saw Him on the way of the cross. She must have encouraged Him even though her heart was falling out of its place.
I have often taken the sword of sorrow so lightly! Never considered that she too offered her son. Her "yes" to the sword of sorrow is the reason I live today! Mary shared God’s pain as a parent. She took on God’s plan with strength and humility « I am the handmade of the Lord, let it be done to me according to thy word ». Mary is the one whom God asked to share His love for the world with! She is the one He asked to suffer with Him so that the hearts of many may be purified and the thoughts of many maybe reveled.
We know from Timothy that if we suffer with Him, we shall reign with Him! If that is so, what will become of the one whom accepted God’s request to suffer with Him! Shall she not reign with Him?
It comes as no surprise then for the Catholic Church to venerate Mary as it does.
« Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure-- pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return." Luke 6:38
She gave herself! She gave her son! Ever wondering what could have been the dreams that Mary had? Yet when God came knocking on her door she humbly accepted!
Mary gave her all to God and with the measure that she gave it was measured to her and even more! She suffered with Him, she is reigning with Him!
Jesus let me love you a little more today than I loved you yesterday ❤️