Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Mother Mary in PLAIN view

September 15th 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 of Magdala." John 19:25

Today is the feast of our Lady of Sorrows which acknowledges that Mary suffered. Most of the time it is hard to think of Mary as human or a plain, ordinary woman.....a woman who walked this earth and "experienced the same kind of pain that we do: fear, loss, misunderstanding, ambiguity, inconvenience, disappointment, anxiety, fatigue, sorrow". Sr. Melannie Svoboda

Mary can relate so much to us mothers. Whether it is anxiety and worry of delivering your baby in the next couple of weeks or sleep deprivation from a newborn or toddlers aka "night visitors", she has been there and done that. She layed awake so worried the night the Angel visited her...worried about what everyone would think. I can only imagine the anxiety she must have felt days and hours before she delivered Jesus....not knowing what to expect and the agony and pain that was ahead of her. Fatigue and exhaustion of sleepless nights before Jesus' birth and then all of the sleepless nights after while breast feeding the Son of God and then working all day in the fields. The fear and sorrow she witnessed while her Son was being beaten almost to death and then was hung on a cross to die.

So think of Mary today as a normal person walking beside you. She is there to comfort you and pray for you. Acknowledge her presence and rest in the Peace of her love and understanding. How blessed we are to have a heavenly woman in our midst who has walked the walk before us.

Blessings to you this Tuesday.
p.s. Speaking of "Night Visitors", I am going on not much sleep since my one year old has decided she wants a bottle in the middle of the night and my other two toddlers are back and forth from bedroom to bedroom. So bear with me as I am not able to write every morning......just in survival mode right now.

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