the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary
the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 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 the disciple,
‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into
his own home.
John 19: 25-30 (NRSV)
Standing helpless by the cross, watching the long, slow agony of death by crucifixion must have plunged the sword yet deeper into Mary's heart. And yet, in the midst of the pain, she is given a token of love by her son - he entrusts her to his beloved disciple. Then at last, his anguish was over - though hers was to continue ... for a time...
Death comes to every creature on earth but, however expected and occasionally longed-for, often leaves those left behind feeling shock and despair. When the death is sudden or caused by an act of violence, these feelings are vastly increased and the world falls apart. It is a great soul that can release the loved one into the hands of God - and strive to understand and, ultimately, to forgive and re-find peace of mind.
Pray for those who die suddenly or through violence and those who mourn them
Mary, Mother of the Church
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