THE SECOND SORROW: THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT
Mother Mary and Joseph took up the great duty in the safeguarding of their Little One, Jesus!
They listened to God’s voice…
… to come together as the parents of God’s Child
… to share the difficulties during the Birth of the Child.
And now, they listen to God’s voice to flee to Egypt and save the Saviour of the World!
To listen to the voice of the Lord, was a remarkable aspect of the success of their life as a couple!
To listen to God’s voice through the Bible, through our authorities or through our life situations sometimes becomes difficult for us.
The Compassionate Mother Mary becomes a model for us: To be attentive and Obedient to God’s voice.
(Reflect for some time and personalise the above-mentioned points)
Compassionate Mother Mary, intercede for me, that I may always be attentive and obedient to the Voice of the Lord
VIRTUES TO BE PRACTISED
Being attentive to the Voice of the Lord
Being obedient to His Voice
Compassionate Mother, Immaculate Virgin, look upon us with mercy. Help us in our daily trials and sorrows. For You are the comforter of those in pain and sorrow. You are the refuge of the abandoned and shelterless. You are the hope of the depressed and the despairing. Have compassion on us and come to our help.
You have known anguish and the bitterness of suffering and pain. Standing at the foot of the Cross, You witnessed the agony and death of Your Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. In deep sorrow, You held His Dead Body in Your arms. As You had compassion for the sufferings of Jesus, and suffered with Him and for Him, remember Dearest Mother, these our particular trials and sufferings (silence for a moment, placing your intentions)
Strengthen us, comfort us, intercede for us and free us from every evil.
Jesus died for us in torments and thus redeemed us through His Death. Compassionate Mother, You had a great share in the mystery of the Incarnation. By the anguish of Your heart and by suffering with Jesus for the salvation of humankind, You are the co-Redemptrix of the human race.
Intercede for us that Your Divine Son may grant us pardon, grace, purity of body and soul and all the spiritual and temporal blessings we now stand in need of.
Hail Mary, Glory Be,
Mother of Compassion, Pray for us
Let us pray
Grant we beseech Thee, O Lord, Jesus Christ, that the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Your Mother, Whose most Holy Soul was transfixed with the sword of sorrows at the Hour of Your Own Passion, may intercede for us before Your Throne of Mercy, now and at the hour of our death, Amen!
God Bless! Live Jesus!
Fr Jijo Jose Manjackal MSFS