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September 15, 2015

Our Lady of Sorrows

Lk 2: 33-35

And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

Joy from Sorrow

Today’s feast, the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, invites us to pray with the seven sorrows Mary encountered as mother to Jesus: the pain of losing a child in a public place, fleeing her homeland to protect her child, and watching her child die in her arms. In many ways, it is no different than the suffering that parents face everyday. But today’s gospel reminds us that we can never forget that pain always accompanies great moments of joy.

Recently, Pope Francis invited a young Chicago woman born with a skin disease to sing for him. His message: we overcome our pain with the great joy that God has given us. In fact, the seeds and desire for that joy come from our very pain. On today’s feast, take a few moments to ask God to reveal the places where your deepest joys have erupted or matured from experiences of deep pain and sorrow.

—Jeffrey Sullivan, S.J., a Jesuit scholastic, teaches English and theology at Loyola Academy, Wilmette IL

Prayer

Holy God, as Jesus was raised on the cross, his mother Mary stood by him, sharing his sufferings.

Help us who form your Church to be united with Christ in our daily living. One day may we share his risen life, with Mary and all the saints. Amen!





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September 15, 2015

Our Lady of Sorrows

Lk 2: 33-35

And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

Joy from Sorrow

Today’s feast, the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, invites us to pray with the seven sorrows Mary encountered as mother to Jesus: the pain of losing a child in a public place, fleeing her homeland to protect her child, and watching her child die in her arms. In many ways, it is no different than the suffering that parents face everyday. But today’s gospel reminds us that we can never forget that pain always accompanies great moments of joy.

Recently, Pope Francis invited a young Chicago woman born with a skin disease to sing for him. His message: we overcome our pain with the great joy that God has given us. In fact, the seeds and desire for that joy come from our very pain. On today’s feast, take a few moments to ask God to reveal the places where your deepest joys have erupted or matured from experiences of deep pain and sorrow.

—Jeffrey Sullivan, S.J., a Jesuit scholastic, teaches English and theology at Loyola Academy, Wilmette IL

Prayer

Holy God, as Jesus was raised on the cross, his mother Mary stood by him, sharing his sufferings.

Help us who form your Church to be united with Christ in our daily living. One day may we share his risen life, with Mary and all the saints. Amen!





Please share the Good Word with your friends!