Our Lady of Sorrows
15 September 2017
The people I meet who are most inspirational are the ones that have been through tremendous difficulty in their lives and have persevered through it. They are generally resilient; they know the great things that human beings are capable of, and they can inspire you to dig deep and keep going. They have a sense of the “end game” and can tell you that the difficult times are worth it! At the same time they also have an understanding of how fragile human beings are and how much compassion and understanding we need.
Have you met a person like that?
Today we remember the things that Mary suffered, embraced and persevered through, for the sake of the Kingdom of God. We are not morbidly relishing human suffering; rather, we remember a shared heroic history that encourages us to run the race to the finish. I imagine that if Mary were with us today she would be the ultimate motivational speaker, encouraging us to keep going!
We see in Mary’s suffering something of our own, and we can be inspired by her determination. We also see in her someone who has that motherly tenderness for us. Her empathy is complete, but she does not just feel for us; she has the means to give us what we need to keep going, by her intercession. She also has experienced the joy of the resurrection, and can give us the eternal perspective.