The Sorrowful and Most Powerful Mother24 Apr 2018, by Mater Dei in
The season of Easter is no doubt a joyous one, a season we especially glory in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the victory we have in him. The crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus Christ certainly changed the pre-resurrection meaning of the cross, but one cannot help reflect on the awfulness of the passion. That was how I felt as I stood before the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary and her dead Son in the shrine of Our Lady of Grace, King City, Canada. Through this great artwork, I saw the helplessness of the most powerful woman that ever lived; I could not help but meditate on the sorrowful passion even at the heart of Easter, especially on the sorrowful heart of Mary. Her seven sorrows all came back to me, …the prophecy of Simeon, the flight of the Holy Family into Egypt; the loss and finding of the child Jesus in the Temple; Mary’s meeting of Jesus on His way to Calvary; Mary’s standing at the foot of the cross when our Lord was crucified; her holding of Jesus when He was taken down from the cross; and then our Lord’s burial.”
The heart pierced with swords silently tells the story of her sorrow that words cannot express, the heart of a sorrowful mother. The outstretched arm, the kneeling, and her eyes all expressed helplessness; yet, most hopeful. In Salvifici Doloris, No. 25, John Paul II describes these shared sufferings by Christ’s Mother, particularly during their climactic moments at the foot of the cross, as reaching an “intensity which can hardly be imagined from a human point of view, but which was mysteriously and supernaturally fruitful for the redemption of the world. In all these, the sorrowful mother was never depressed or faithless; she struggled from the very beginning with the mystery of God’s love for her and the world. She struggled with the fact that she would be the mother of God incarnate even as a virgin; she asked, how can this be? But she surrendered; let it be done to me according to thy word, she said. Mary remains the most powerful woman that ever lived. She has been through it all; she knows and understands what it means to be sorrowful. And because she never gave up, she the most sorrowful became the most joyous, the helpless mother became the Help of Christians. She is a wonderful intercessor, the most admirable, and my beautiful mother.
She who once knelt helplessly before her dead Son now seats with the risen Son in glory and he who died now gives life. An amazing turnaround that is still available to every believer, especially to those who trustingly call on the Blessed Virgin Mary for intercessions.
The heart of a mother goes out to all her children, and Mary, the new Eve, has become our mother. From the cross, Jesus made his mother our mother; When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ Then he said to his disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour, the disciple took her into his own home (Jn. 19:26-27). Her heart goes out to everyone who believes and accepts her as a mother, just as John did. John accepted her and took her into his own home. Accept her today and see the wonders of the most sorrowful and glorious Virgin Mother.