September 15, 2021
Our Lady of Sorrows
Lessons From Our Mother
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
John 19:25

If Mary could speak to us, she might tell us that her physical discomfort of standing for three hours was nothing compared to the interior pain piercing her heart. She might also remind us that the only “crime” her innocent son committed was having an immense love for humanity and longing for them to love one another as he did. Being a caring and compassionate woman, Mary might likely move from her remembered heartache and invite us to turn our thoughts toward parents today who endure standing before the crosses of their children. Her love encourages us to join in sending forth the love of her crucified Son to these parents and to everyone who stands beneath the cross of a loved one in pain.

- Sr. Joyce Rupp

1 Timothy 3:14-16 • Psalm 111:1-6 John 19:25-27 or Luke 2:33-35

Comments

September 15, 2021 at 01:29 PM

Mary would be nearly fifty years old and a widow , at the time of Christ’s crucifixion. What tenderness we see with Jesus toward his mother! Moments before his death, Jesus thought about Mary and her long journey back to Nazareth and that no one would be there to provide for her. Jesus deeply honored his mother. My Mom passed six days ago and I need Mary more than I ever have.

Jane
September 16, 2021 at 07:04 AM

Robin, your mother will always be with you, but not in the same way she has been. These days are hard, but allow yourself the grace to grieve for her and honor what now remains with you.

September 15, 2021 at 09:53 AM

Amen.

September 15, 2021 at 09:20 AM

I think God gave us Mary because He knew not everyone in history would relate well to men. For those of us who grew up knowing men in a negative way including an earthly father, Mary bridges the gap until we can forge a way to relate. In focusing on Mary we do the same as we do with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, our prayers are a relationship and not necessarily a worship of the woman. I’m glad I have a relationship with Jesus’ mother—she’s helped me to relate to her Son, and also in times when only her experiences, which were unique from her Son’s as a woman of that time, were what I needed to contemplate.

September 15, 2021 at 09:13 AM

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

September 15, 2021 at 09:09 AM

I recommend that everyone watch the Daily Reflection video for today. Jem Sullivan gives a beautiful explanation of how Mary is our Mother and always points the way to her son, Jesus.

September 15, 2021 at 08:28 AM

Amen! Thank you Holy Father for this beautiful day and for this Gospel today. Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father, most of all, for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord Jesus Christ have mercy. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, King of Endless Glory. Amen Holy Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, we ask that you release your warrior angels and heavenly hots. We decry and declare that they would take us off the enemies' radar and scramble the enemies frequencies (airwaves). Your Kingdom must come now. Your will must be done right now, as in the heavens, also on earth. Amen Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Hosts - by the power of God - Cast into hell Satan and all evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen

September 15, 2021 at 08:10 AM

Amen.

September 15, 2021 at 07:50 AM

Thank you Sr. Joyce for this devotion. It brings to mind the many parents who are walking difficult paths with their children: sickness, addiction, depression, etc. I pray for all those who stand before those crosses, too. I pray for my friend who lost her son recently to addiction. Amenities

Patrick
September 15, 2021 at 10:30 AM

Amen

September 15, 2021 at 07:49 AM

Sharing with you the BSF Bible lesson for our 10-12 years old students this morning in person :-) * 9/15/21 BSF Student Bible Lesson Matthew Introduction * The Bible, the Gospels, and Matthew * God’s Attribute: Perfect * Aim: To learn God’s Word can be trusted! * Prayer: Dear God, what a year we have with the pandemic and the uncertainties in the world! Thank you for Your Word and BSF where we can learn more about You Help us to know You, to love You, to enjoy You and to glorify You through the study of Matthew this year. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen! * Introduction • Let me ask you a question. You don’t have to answer it out loud, but keep your answers in your heads for now. Do you trust your parents? Do you trust your siblings or your friends? My answer is, “It depends ” I trust my parents because I know them the longest before my siblings and my friends! • So how do we know if we can trust God and His Word? This requires faith! Then, as we grow in our relationship with Him and experience Him for ourselves, we see that God is trustworthy! He is faithful to everyone who put their trust in Him. God’s Word can be trusted because He is trustworthy! *** A. The Bible • Let’s talk about the Bible. What is it? It is God’s autobiography! According to the dictionary, autobiography is a written account of a person's life in their own words. God spoke through 40 different authors to write the 66 books of the Bible. The Bible is God’s Word to us and one big story about His plan for sending His only Son, Jesus. The Bible teaches that God provided the Way, His Son Jesus, for sinful people like you and me to know Him and to love Him! • How can such an ancient book written so long ago be relevant in today’s world? It is still relevant because human nature simply does not change. People were sinners thousands of years ago, and people are still sinners today! God loves us and wants to save sinners through His Son, Jesus! The Bible tells us about God the Father, His Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit, their plan and story to save sinners of every generation. So the Bible is relevant to all generations! • As we study the Bible each week at BSF, we will discover the attributes of God (His character – His person). This week we learn that God is perfect! It means everything God is, does, and says is completely free of fault or defect! God’s will is always good and perfect; His ways are flawless; His Word is right and without error! The Bible is true *** First Principle Truth: The Bible’s truth does not change! • What is true for me may not be true to you. What do I mean by that? For example, roller coaster is very scary for me, but it may be very fun to you! • Biblical truths are different – they are facts and principles that do not change with time, place or people. Because it is based upon the person of God, Who is perfect! • Psalm 33:4 says, “For the Word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does!” This is our Memory Verse for this week. • Questions anyone – time for you to talk Why or how is the Bible different from any other book? Reading and studying the Bible without the Holy Spirit is like reading and studying it like any other book! So before you read and study the Bible, pray that the Holy Spirit teaches, guides and explains God’s Word to you *** B. The Four Gospels • Let’s talk about the four Gospels in the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Gospel means Good News. So what is the Good News? The answer is Jesus Christ! The Gospel writers connected the teaching of the Old Testament to Jesus’ life and ministry. They knew He was the Savior, the Messiah that the OT prophets had said was coming. • God, through His Holy Spirit, led Matthew, Mark, Luke and John to write their four Gospels as a way to keep the accuracy of the stories intact. • All four Gospels tell us about the person and the work of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who came to save sinners of every generations! • Each of the four Gospel writers emphasized different aspects of Jesus’ life and ministry that, when read together as a whole, give us a bigger picture of Who He is than one Gospel could. *** Second Principle Truth: The Gospels tell us the truth about Jesus! • Have you heard of people taking the Bible verses out of context interpreting Jesus’ Words in a way that seems to prove one of their own personal beliefs, even if the rest of the Bible doesn’t support it? • If you want to know the truth about Who Jesus is, read God’s Words in the four Gospels! The Gospels tell us the truth about Jesus • Questions anyone – time for you to talk Do you have a favorite Gospel and why? *** C. The Gospel of Matthew • It is obvious that Matthew wrote the Gospel of Matthew. Who is he? Matthew was a tax collector, which is not a respected job at the time. • It was unexpected for Jesus to choose Matthew as one of His disciples. We will see throughout Matthew, Jesus often did and said the unexpected. • Matthew presents Jesus as the Messiah, God’s Son, the Christ, the Savior, written in the OT and that He is the fulfillment of the OT prophecy. • Matthew’s main focus is Jesus’ ministry, His work on earth! *** Third Principle Truth: The book of Matthew tells us Jesus is our Savior! • I am not perfect and you are not perfect. It is hard to do the right thing and keep from sinning There is hope…God is perfect and He sent His Son Jesus to be our Savior! • When we trust in Jesus, we can live a full and purposeful life without the weight of sin holding us down because He is perfect and He took our punishment for our sins • Questions anyone – time for you to talk What do you want to know about Jesus this year in the study of Matthew? ******* Conclusion – God’s Word has held firm for thousands of years. It was true when it was written thousands of years ago and it is still true today. The Bible has not changed, and God has not changed. We can trust both God and His Word in the Bible! When it comes to your siblings and friends, well…it depends! Dear God, we thank You for You and Your Words in the Bible. We cannot wait to learn more about You in the study of Matthew this year, Amen!

September 15, 2021 at 07:06 AM

If we could create our own mother's then wouldn't we make them perfect too? Mary is God's greatest creature. She is His Divine Masterpiece, and Satan fears Her. Catholics DO NOT worship Mary. She doesn't want our worship. She always points to Jesus. " My soul magnifies the Lord" Luke 1 : 46 Jesus NEVER refuses His Mother. I know it by experience. He doesn't get upset when we pray and talk to Her. If someone loves our moms do we get upset with them? The souls in Heaven speak to Mary all the time. No one can ever love Mary more than Jesus does.

Michael
September 15, 2021 at 07:21 AM

In entrusting Mary to John, Jesus was, in a real sense, entrusting Mary to all those who would be friends of Jesus down through the ages.

September 15, 2021 at 05:09 AM

She would also say, do not pray to me. Go straight to my son. As in the wedding of Cana. She did not give the orders. She only told the people to listen to him. Like John the Baptist, we should focus on Jesus, never Mary.

Kostas
September 15, 2021 at 03:50 PM

There is no need to attach a label ('Protestant') to Troy's comment. In the Orthodox tradition, you very rarely see icons of Mary on her own. Almost always she is shown with Jesus, and she is always pointing to him. Though Orthodox prayers and devotions to Mary are as common as in the Catholic tradition, the icon tradition perfectly illustrates Troy's comment.

azmom
September 15, 2021 at 08:55 AM

You have the Protestant view, Troy, of thinking that Mary should only be pulled out at Christmas, for a Nativity scene, and then put back in storage for the rest of the year. How sad for all those who believe Our Blessed Mother is superfluous. Mary, by her intercession, brings us closer to her son Jesus. Her "Yes" to God cancelled and erased Eve's "No". She is a powerful advocate. Today, when our school gathers to say the Rosary, I will ask her to soften your cold attitude toward her. She loves you, Troy, like the loving mother she is. Have a blessed day.

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