GOSPEL LIVING

Saturday September 15,2018

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Hebrews 5:7-9   Psalms 31:2-3, 3-4, 5-6, 15-16, 20   John 19:25-27


But 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 whom he loved standing near, 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 to his own home.
Meditation: The spiritual martyrdom of Mary and her compassion with the sufferings of her divine son as referred to as her sorrows. Today we commemorate the seven sorrows of Mary. Luke portrays the picture of Simeon who prophesied that a sword would pierce her soul. This sword refers to her sorrows.
    Until 1960 two feasts of the seven sorrows of Mary existed. First it was celebrated on the Friday after Palm Sunday. But the rubrics of 1960 reduced the feast to a commemoration. The second feast originated in the 16th century and it was celebrated on the third Sunday of September. Eventually in 1908 St. Pius X raised the feast to second class and since 1913 it has fixed on September 15.
    The gospel of the day gives us the picture of Jesus at the time of crucifixion giving his mother to John, his disciple. When Jesus saw his mother he could not but think of the days ahead. So Jesus entrusts Mary to the care of his beloved disciple so that they may comfort each other. It shows that he was very much concerned about the sorrows of others than of his own. 
Bro Dynish