Solitude

September 15, 2016
Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows
The Gospel Today
John 19:25-27

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. Glicerio T. Tano)

It was heart-twisting for Mary to see her son Jesus dying on the cross. It was doubly heart twisting also for Mary to hear her son Jesus entrusting her to the care of by His beloved disciple John.
Separation like that of the separation of Jesus and His mother Mary is always painful even sorrowful. But such is life, all of us have to go through some pains and sorrows in our lives. Nobody is exempted from this process. Whether we are rich or poor we have to go through the process of separation from our loved ones.

In the midst of her sorrowful separation from her dying son, Mary was entrusted by her Son Jesus to His beloved disciple John. In this Gospel episode we see the great love of Jesus for her mother. We also see the great love of Mary to her son Jesus for Mary did not leave Jesus until His last gasp of breath on the cross.

I remember when I left our home before entering in the seminary. My mother cried a lot and I can imagine her feelings of pain. I know that my mother is emotional but during that time, I noticed that it is dissimilar to what she used to do when I left home. I know it is not easy to be far away with your loved ones, and I can feel the love of my mother, like what Mary felt when Jesus said to her, “Woman, behold, your son.” This Gospel reminds us how are we as a son/daughter to our mothers and fathers, and how are we as mothers to our children.

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