The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Wednesday, Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, 15 September 2021 Hebrews 5:7-9 ><)))*> + <*(((>< + ><)))*> + <*(((>< John 19:25-27
Lest we forget a day after the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, you remind us today O Lord Jesus Christ of your beautiful gift to us, your own Sorrowful Mother not only to comfort us in times of trials and sufferings but also as our model in discipleship when things become harsh and unbearable like during this pandemic.
Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; and when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.Hebrews 5:8-9
The first to obey you, dear Jesus from the very start has always been Mary your Mother; no wonder as your beloved disciple had told us unlike the other evangelists, your Mother and her sister stood by your cross that Good Friday, remaining there with you until your last breath, until the soldier pierced your side from which flowed blood and water.
Bless us with the same courage of your Mother, dear Jesus to remain faithful to you, to keep on hoping and believing even in the face of so many deaths these days; bless us with the same dignity and serenity of Mary in the face of so much agonies especially those mothers who have lost sons and daughters in this pandemic.
Most of all, it was there at the foot of the cross when you called again your Mother as "Woman" like at the wedding feast at Cana and entrusted her to your beloved disciple to make her the image of the "New Israel", the Church, your Body here on earth. Bless us with the courage and humility, the silence and hiddenness of Mary to "give birth" to new members of your Church now under attacks from within by her members led by unfaithful priests; and from the outside world that has turned away from you, refusing to accept your truths in this age of individualism and relativism.
Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us to comfort the many among us suffering and crying in silence with so many pains especially from their own families and people supposed to love and care for them. Amen.