Friday, September 15, 2017

Recall your past sorrowful experiences. What turned them around that gave you hope and joy? - Daily Reflections September 15, 2017


Today, we celebrate the memorial of Mary, Our Lady, Mother of Sorrows. This celebration seems ironic. Why would you celebrate when you are sorrowful? The Gospel today is a picture of Mary with John and the other women standing at the foot of the cross in Calvary. Why would Mary and John celebrate at the cross? Because we know the Calvary event did not end in tragedy.
       In today’s celebration, Mary shows us the secret on how to turn our sorrows into joys. When Simeon told her, “A sword will pierce through your own soul also, so that thoughts of many hearts may be revealed” (Luke 2:35), Mary pondered and prayed. When the boy Jesus was lost, Mary kept it all in her heart. She prayed.
       Mary was always praying. And because of this prayerful attitude, she had an extraordinary peace, converting her sorrows into joy. In prayer, even if you have problems, even if you are struggling, you will gain a certain joy despite the sorrows. When Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth, she prayed by joyfully singing the “Magnificat.”
       We, Filipinos, express our joy through music. We manage to sing even if we have problems. Fr. Horacio dela Costa, a Jesuit priest-historian, identified music as one of the Filipino treasures.
       As we honor Mary today as the Mother of Sorrows, let us be one with her in realizing that our life is like a song. Sure, there may be days when we feel down, sad and sorrowful. And yet we hope that the next day, things will get better.
       When you pray, you will find a certain unexplainable joy in life.
       When you pray, you will find meaning in your suffering.
       When you pray, you will see things fall into their proper perspective.
       Mary, our Mother, Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us. Fr. Wen Amit, OCD

---------- REFLECTION QUESTION ----------
Recall your past sorrowful experiences. What turned them around that gave you hope and joy?

Our Lady of Sorrows, please intercede for me when I go through some sorrowful experiences in my life. Pray for me. Amen.

Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary; without dying you won the martyr’s crown beneath the Cross of the Lord - Daily Bible Reading September 15, 2017

The suffering of Mary should not be underestimated. To watch her Son die on the cross must have been absolutely horrific. Let us walk with Mary in her sorrow. Sometimes, this is all we can do to comfort someone.
Hebrews 5:7-9 (or 1 Timothy 1:1-2, 12-14)
7 In the days when Christ was in the flesh, he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. 8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; 9 and when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.
Psalm 31:2, 3, 3-4, 5-6, 15-16, 20 (or Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 11)
R: Save me, O Lord, in your kindness.
1 [2] In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me, 2 [3] In your justice rescue me, make haste to deliver me! (R) Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety. 3 [4] You are my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake you will lead and guide me. (R) 4 [5] You will free me from the snare they set for me, for you are my refuge. 5 [6] Into your hands I commend my spirit; you will redeem me, O Lord, O faithful God. (R) 14 [15] But my trust is in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” 15 [16] In your hands is my destiny; rescue me from the clutches of my enemies and my persecutors. (R) 19 [20] How great is the goodness, O Lord, which you have in store for those who fear you, and which, toward those who take refuge in you, you show in the children of men. (R)
How do you walk with someone who has lost a child or someone very dear to them? Perhaps the only thing we can do is to be present to them – as someone who cares enough to walk with them in their sorrow. Mary, the Mother of the Church, does that with us whenever we need it. Let us get to know Mary as our mother a little better so that we may draw from the comfort she offers us when we need it.
Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary; without dying you won the martyr’s crown beneath the Cross of the Lord.
John 19:25-27 (or Luke 2:33-35)
25 Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
think: Are there people around you who need your company in their time of sorrow?
Read the Bible in one year Psalm 104-110
thank You, Lord, for: _______________________________________

Learn How To Build A Semi-Passive Income on the Internet that You and Your Family Can Enjoy

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Interesting Blogs