Greetings on this the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows
Readings: 1 Cor 15:1-11; Ps 118:1b-2, 16ab-17, 28; Jn 19:25-27
Notes: The image today is from the Camino de Santiago. There I found the Crucifix often with Jesus on one side and the Blessed Mother on the other. She suffered a dry martyrdom on the cross.
Our gospel portion today (Jn 19:26-27) is the fulfillment of the gospel portion LK 2:35.
(and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed (LK 2:35).
Women are the first to know the pain of loss. From Eve to Mary, Sorrow over the children. Your grief is known to Mary and she prays for your consolation.
Adam again had intercourse with his wife, and she gave birth to a son whom she called Seth. “God has granted me another offspring in place of Abel,” she said, “because Cain killed him.” (Gen 4:25).
For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures; that he was buried; that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures; that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his mercy endures forever. Let the house of Israel say, “His mercy endures forever.”
Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary;
without dying you won the martyr’s crown beneath the Cross of the Lord.
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 there whom he loved 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 into his home.
Peace be with you,