Our Lady of Sorrows.

*** 1st Reading ***     

1 Timothy 3:14-16

I give you these instructions,

Although I hope I will see you soon. If I delay, you will know how you ought to conduct yourself in the household of God, that is, the Church of the living God, which is the pillar and foundation of the truth.   How great indeed is the mystery of divine blessing!

He was shown in the flesh and sanctified by the Spirit; presented to the angels and proclaimed to all nations. The world believed in him: He was taken up in glory!

 

Ps 111:1-2, 3-4, 5-6

How great are the works of the Lord!

 

**** Gospel ****  

John 19:25-27 (or Luke 2:33-35)

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister Mary, who was the wife of Cleophas, and Mary of Magdala.  When Jesus saw the Mother, and the disciple whom he loved, he said to the Mother, “Woman, this is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “There is your mother.” And from that moment the disciple took her to his own home.

 

Gospel Reflection

Among those who stood with Jesus to the end are the women. The three Marys did not hide but proclaimed their allegiance to the Lord till the end. There is something noble about the courage of these women.

It is based on something powerful, something that enabled them to throw caution to the winds. They are sustained by their deep love for the Lord. There is no hint of defiance in their stance. They do not seek confrontation with the powers-that-be that condemned Jesus

. They are there solely for the reason that they love the Lord passionately. With them is John, the beloved disciple. He alone among the apostles dares to show himself in plain sight of the enemies as he accompanies his beloved Master to the end.

That is why the Lord entrusted His precious mother to John. His mother is in good hands because John showed the strength of his love at the foot of the cross.