September 15, 2017
Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows
The Gospel Today
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. Gail P. Cruz)
Oftentimes, children are very close to their mothers, and so are we seminarians and priests. The wombs of our mothers are our first shelter when we received the gift of life; where the first beating of our heart happened. The same is true for Mama Mary – she was the first tabernacle. And maybe it is the reason why it is very hard for mothers to let go of us when we decide to respond to the vocation to the priesthood or married life. Mama Mary, although she knew the sorrowful path of Jesus her Son, she willingly followed the will of God.
In the Gospel, we did not hear the Blessed Virgin Mary complain when told her and John to take care of each other. She is the mother of Jesus and it is really hard to understand why she was hearing those words from her son. How faithful Mama Mary is. In the centenary year of her apparition in Fatima, I cannot help but to praise her faithfulness to God.
I remember when I told my mother that I will apply to the seminary because I want to become a priest. My mother never asked anything but just smiled sweetly. Her smile is a sign of her faithfulness to the Lord. Even though I am the bread winner of our family at that time, if I enter the seminary everything that I am providing them will stop, and there is no assurance of what will be my life inside the seminary. She never complained. Instead, she entrusted everything to Jesus Christ. She even told me that, I really belong to God and her faithfulness is the reason why she understood everything. Her faith is more than enough for her to accept my decision because for her, it is God’s will and she would let the will of God be done.