Friday, March 23, 2018

Pope Benedict Stations - The Fourth Station



The 4th Station: Jesus meets His Mother

Meditation from Pope Benedict: “On Jesus’ Way of the Cross, we also find Mary, his Mother. During his public life she had to step aside, to make place for the birth of Jesus’ new family, the family of his disciples. She also had to hear the words: “Who is my mother and who are my brothers? … Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is brother, and sister and mother” (Matthew 12:48-50). Now we see her as the Mother of Jesus, not only physically, but also in her heart. Even before she conceived him bodily, through her obedience she conceived him in her heart. It was said to Mary: “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son. He will be great and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David” (Luke 1:31ff.). And she would hear from the mouth of the elderly Simeon: “A sword will pierce through your own soul” (Luke 2:35). She would then recall the words of the prophets, words like these: “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; he was like a lamb that is led to slaughter” (Isaiah 54:7). Now it all takes place. In her heart she had kept the words of the angel, spoken to her in the beginning: “Do not be afraid, Mary” (Luke 1:30). The disciples fled, yet she did not flee. She stayed there, with a Mother’s courage, a Mother’s fidelity, a Mother’s goodness, and a faith which did not waver in the hour of darkness: “Blessed is she who believed” (Luke 1:45). “Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:8). Yes, in this moment Jesus knows: he will find faith. In this hour, this is his great consolation.”
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