Joys and Sorrows of Our Lady
Among the joyful mysteries of the rosary, the last two in particular have often stood out to me, and I sometimes found their inclusion strange. The presentation and the finding of Jesus in the temple are certainly joyful events in the life of the Holy Family. At the presentation we have the great joy of Simeon at the fulfilment of God’s promise, and the coming of the Messiah. At the finding of Jesus in the temple we see the joy of reunion, and a sense of the awesome wisdom of the Saviour. But there is another side to these events. They are also included in another traditional devotion: the Seven Sorrows of Mary. In this case they are described as the prophecy of Simeon, and the loss of the child Jesus in the temple.
Upon seeing Jesus, Simeon prophesies to our lady, “and a sword will pierce through your own soul.” Through this, Mary gains a glimpse of the future suffering which will take place for the salvation of mankind, and surely, just as she did with the stories of the shepherds, she must have “kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.” Even at the joyful moments of her life, our lady held great sorrow within her heart, because of the pain her son would endure for us.
Firstly, and I think perhaps most importantly, considering the sorrow of Mary because of our mistreatment of Jesus should convict us in our sins, and cause us to repent and strive for holiness. It should spur us to make amends to Jesus and Mary through our lives.
Secondly it should be a great comfort to us in our own sorrows that we are truly walking the road that Mary walked ahead of us, the road that leads to the heart of God.
I recently published a number of quotes about suffering in my post about the Passion of Christ, most notably from St. Faustina, known as the Apostle of Divine Mercy. The same message can be found in the writings of just about every saint, but of particular relevance is its prominence in the writings of St. Louis de Montfort, called the Apostle of Mary.
“The cross is the greatest gift God could bestow on His Elect on earth. There is nothing so necessary, so beneficial, so sweet, or so glorious as to suffer something for Jesus. If you suffer as you ought, the cross will become a precious yoke that Jesus will carry with you.”
God love you,
Posted on July 8, 2012, in Catholic and tagged Mary, our lady of sorrows, Rosary, seven sorrows, St. Louis de Montfort, the finding in the temple, the holy family, the prophecy of simeon. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.