September 15, 2016 by eneubauer
Today is the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows and for this day I am truly grateful.
I appreciate two facts this day brings to mind. First, that we worship at the feet of ONE who understands our humanity, who can empathize with our struggle. For the writer of Hebrews describes Jesus this way,
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16 ESV)
In addition to Jesus’ complete identification with all humanity, upon His death He left us an advocate. One who understands, in her own unique way, suffering and sorrow. St. Bernard describes Our Lady of Sorrows this way,
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. Indeed, after your Jesus – who belongs to everyone, but is especially yours – gave up his life, the cruel spear, which was not withheld from his lifeless body, tore open his side.
Mary understands suffering in a way no other human being has ever experienced. As the Mother of God she was pierced, in a unique way, as Jesus hung upon the cross. It was through her personal suffering, pain, and sorrow that our Lady now advocates for those who suffer, who ask her to intercede on their behalf.
Be encouraged, those who are suffering, who have lost loved ones, who have experienced great mental, physical and / or spiritual anguish. Our Lady of Sorrows is your advocate in heaven. She will intercede on your behalf.