Thought of the Day April 15, 2019 Mary at the cross

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Mary at the cross.
Mary, the mother of Jesus had followed Jesus in his journey. Was it possible she was there when Pilate condemned him? Tradition tells us that she had an encounter with him on the Via Dolorosa. He had just fallen under the weight of the cross. Did she reached out to him at that moment? Was her gaze and presence comforting to him?

Now, she, John and a few other women are the only ones standing watch with him as he suffers the cruel death of a criminal, even though he was innocent and sinless.  Mary, the mother, would not let the terror of crucifixion, the taunts of the soldiers keep her away from the cross of her dying son.

While there at the foot of the cross, did Mary recall the words of Simeon, the prophet, who in the Temple at the time of the presentation said to her: “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” Was this the moment of that in which that prophecy was fulfilled?

Did Mary also reflected on the various moments in her life as his mother: the time she and Joseph had to flee to Egypt to protect the infant Jesus from the resentment of Herod who sought to kill him? Did she remember the time she and Joseph found out that Jesus, when he was about twelve, stayed behind unknowing to them in Jerusalem. Did she recall her relief when they found him in the Temple? Did she recall his first miracle at the wedding feast in Cana of Galilee?  Now, his life is coming to an end. He was fulfilling the Father’s plan to save the world by giving his life for our lives.

Reflect with Mary as she gazes at Jesus on the cross.

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