The Gospel Today
Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows
Standing by 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 there whom he loved
he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”
Then he said to the disciple,
“Behold, your mother.”
And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
Reflection (Sem. Wilbert John C. Alivar)
Today, we celebrate the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows or commonly known as “Mater Dolorosa.” The Gospel describes the scene of Jesus dying on the cross with His mother Mary and the beloved disciple John at the foot of the cross. Jesus said something for Mary and John.
The Gospel reminds me of my experience during the International Conference (Icon) of the CFC-SFC (Singles for Christ) in Cagayan de Oro City when I was still searching for my vocation. After the speaker read this Gospel passage, the words that resonated into my ears were “Woman, there is your son.” Jesus addressed this to His mother; then to His disciple He said, “There is your mother.” I dwelt on these words of our Lord Jesus Christ and as I contemplated on them, I saw myself in that very moment of Christ’s crucifixion at the foot of the cross; with Jesus telling me, “There is your mother.” I was really crying when I saw Him dying on the cross and when He entrusted His mother to me to be my mother also.
This experience invited me to reflect on my relationship with Mother Mary. Have I been a good son to the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ? In another point of view, have I really cared about the Mother Church which Jesus gave to us?
I realized in that conference that Jesus called and invited me to follow Him and to take care of His mother Mary and also the Church.
I have responded to Jesus’ invitation by entering the Holy Apostles Senior Seminary where the future apostles of Jesus in the modern times are being formed and being nourished. I pray that I will be faithful to the gift of vocation given by God and to look after His Mother as well as the Church. Amen.