Memory of the Mother of the Lord

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Remembrance of Mary, Mother of Jesus, sorrowful at the foot of the cross, and of all those who live the compassion with those who are crucified, alone and condemned.


Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Spirit of the Lord is upon you.
The child you shall bear will be holy.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

John 19,25-27

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. Seeing his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing near her, Jesus said to his mother, 'Woman, this is your son.' Then to the disciple he said, 'This is your mother.' And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Look down, O Lord, on your servants.
Be it unto us according to your word.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Immediately after the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, the liturgy celebrates the feats of Jesus' Mother Mary of Sorrows. The Gospel of John, in a few lines, tells the extraordinary mystery of Mary's presence. She grieves deeply in her heart, and while remaining next to her Son, she receives from him a new mission. The Passion of Jesus is undoubtedly marked by violence and betrayal, but not only. From the passion and from the cross, a hymn to a new life reborn also springs forth. From the cross, in fact, Jesus does not ask for consolation for himself, as we would have done for ourselves, nor to be liberated from that torture., Jesus takes care of that little group that was under his cross, first the mother and the young disciple whom he loved, thus offering us an example of his immense love. In the face of the disciple, we can see each one of us. Through that disciple, Jesus entrusts us all to his mother, Mary, the Church, the community of believers. And, vice versa, he gives Mary to the Church and to each of us as a caring mother. Under the cross anew family is born. We are no longer abandoned to a society that cares little for its children. Jesus asks Mary to be our Mother. He entrusts her with a task, a mission, to be the mother of all. The ancient Fathers acknowledged that not enough is said of Mary, of this Mother. And it is in a sense very true: Mary is the first of the believers, the first to have a heart like the Son. And the many images of Our Lady of Sorrow held by believers throughout the world show not only the need that we all have for a mother, but that we have found her, or rather, that we have been given her as our mother. It is our task to welcome her and to put ourselves under her protection.