Our Lady of Sorrows
When I was up at Mayo Clinic after my first brain surgery, it took me about 5 days to wake up. I was only awake about 5 minutes each day, and the thing I remember seeing is my Mom at the foot of my bed. Sometimes it was night and she was hunched over in a chair sleeping at my feet. Other times she was praying a rosary. A few weeks later I remember telling my friend Fr. Meyer as I was preparing to go the next morning into emergency surgery…I said “I know this is harder on my friends and family than it is me.” And I meant my mom and dad first and foremost.
Mary too was at the foot of the Cross, and while my parents and family and myself are all sinners, Mary and Christ were both without sin. So their love was even more perfect than my mother and family’s love for me, but also love does not really admit of degrees.
Saint Bernard in today’s office of readings says “Truly, O blessed Mother, a sword has pierced your heart. For only by passing through your heart could the sword enter the flesh of your Son”
Some of us here today might not know their mother. Some of us here today may not have a good relationship with their mother. And some of us here this morning may have a mother who has died. But now our Blessed Mother sits in Heaven at the right side of her son Jesus. She is now the mother of all of us, so whether we have a great relationship with our earthly mother or not, Mary desires nothing more than to intercede for us and our intentions.
Let us go to Mary with our needs and our intentions, asking Her to place our needs and petitions at the foot of Her Son, where once she watched him die, but now rejoices with Him in Heaven.