Sunday, March 16, 2008

What I Call Real Double Effect

"In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you. But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end. But Mary said to the angel, How can this be, since I have no relations with a man? And the angel said to her in reply, The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God." (Lk 1:26-35)
St. John was at the foot of the cross. He saw his Lord and his God murdered. Jesus Christ and St. John were also very close friends. I doubt even in deep prayer on the Sorrowful Mysteries my pain and sorrow comes close to that of St. John's.
I have a five year old son who is the greatest teacher I've ever met. I also doubt it would, but as a father in a way wish it would kill me if something happened to my son. I can not fathom in my most horrific nightmares the pain of burring my child. My heart and prayers go out to all parents that have had to bury their child. I mean all parents, when my boy is fifty he'll still be my son.
The Blessed Virgin Mary stood at the foot of the cross, with such weight on her heart it would have destroyed the average man or woman. Jesus was completely from Blessed Mary's flesh. The Word of God, Jesus Christ, the Lord of Lords, the King of Kings at one point learned to walk. The Blessed Virgin Mary was there to catch him when he was learning. Mary saw her son brutally tortured then murdered!! But on top of that, Jesus Christ was Mary's God too. She too had to witness her Savior beaten into hamburger, then crucified.
Could you have been able to handle being at the foot of the cross? Watching Your Lord and Savior tacked up on a cross like a criminal. Now add to that thought the one up on the cross is your child.
It's said being a mother is a thankless vocation. How much more for the Theotokos, the Mother of God? Jesus has said thanks. Have you?
Talk at ya Later


Sherry said...

Several years ago, after praying my rosary, I remember meditating on how Mary must have felt seeing her Son suffer and die in this way.
I asked how she could bear it. Immediately, I started sobbing and felt it from the top of my head to the soles of my feet. Our Lady suffered, also. Shortly after this, the young son of a friend of ours died tragically. I feel I was being prepared for this death and the possibility of something happening to my son who is now in the Marines. We can get through these things with God, who is our strength and our salvation. We can't do it on our own.

Adam the Catholic said...

Amen sister.

Macile Hooper LeJeune said...

I needed this today, Adam, sweet bro; merci. Our 50 year old son is not doing good today ... (was yesterday) ... after heart by-pass surgery. Jesus brought him this far; even showed his body how to make it's own by-pass around a small vein ... and 7 years of suffering. Mary, Undoer of Knots; do for our son ... what you could not do for yours. Intercede with your SON ... and spare the life of ours. St. Joseph, pray for us and him. His middle name is Joseph.
DIEU TE BENISSE!!! Cajun Sissy

Esther said...

What a beautiful reflection on Mary's pain. Yes, how she must have suffered. It is unimaginable. God bless you, Adam!