We can find God’s goodness in suffering. It is usually in suffering and love that we are called to transformation. Let’s meditate on Mary’s example as Mother of Sorrows and contemplate how we might grow in our own suffering. What are the seven sorrows that have pierced your heart?
The prophecy of Simeon (Luke 2:25-35) “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
As we contemplate this sorrow, we learn how to keep faithful despite our circumstances.
The flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15) After trying to settle down, Mary must deal with traveling many miles to save Jesus.
As we contemplate this sorrow, we learn about the Spirit of poverty and not placing value on material and worldly things.
Loss of the Child Jesus for three days (Luke 2:41-50) After a day of travel, Mary and Joseph realized that Jesus was not with their relatives. Frantically, they headed back. After three days, they found him.
As we contemplate this sorrow, we learn how to draw near to God and His teachings especially during times of loss, worry, and anxiety.
Mary meets Jesus on his way to Calvary (Luke 23:27-31; John 19:17) According to Tradition, Mary encountered Jesus as He carried His cross. Here began Mary’s deepest of sufferings, seeing her only Son being tortured. When Mary said “yes” to bringing Jesus into the world, she took on both the joys and the pains that came with it.
As we contemplate this sorrow, we learn how to walk alongside those in love who are suffering.
Crucifixion and death of Jesus (John 19:25-30) Mary witnessed Jesus nailed to the cross, suffering for hours. Despite all her indescribable pain, she trusted God. Mary truly knows what it is like to suffer. She is the perfect example of believing in God’s plan even when things look hopeless. As we contemplate this sorrow, we learn about patience in suffering when we want to ask “Why”, let us ask “Why Not?”
The body of Jesus being taken from the Cross (Luke 23:50-54; John 19:31-37) After Jesus was brought down, Mary could only continue to be in agony at the sight of her dead Son’s body. All who were present joined in her sorrow.
As we contemplate this sorrow, we learn about self-sacrifice for the love of God.
The burial of Jesus (Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42; Mark 15:40-47) Jesus was placed in His tomb by Joseph of Arimathea, according to the Jewish custom of not allowing a dead body to be left exposed overnight. Mary would continue to suffer.
As we contemplate this sorrow, we learn the finality of death in a worldly sense.
Weekly Reflection Summary: Clean Heart.
Sunday. Good Fruit.Understanding beauty and goodness.
Monday. Nothing I Want. My soul is revived.
Tuesday. Love at the Center. Come Holy Spirit.
Wednesday. Chastity is Important. It affects our ability for relationships.
Thursday. Loving God. A clean heart allows us to fall in love.
Friday. Suffering Well. Opportunity to purify my heart.