THE FIFTH SORROW: JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS
At the Annunciation, when asked to give birth to a child, Mary had asked the Angel: “But how can this be since I am a virgin”.
At Calvary, when seeing the death of Her Beloved Child, perhaps, Mary could have asked God: “But how can this be since I am a mother!”
They were questions which expressed human limitations and the demand to let everything be resigned into the hands of God!
We ourselves have had many such mini-experiences of Dying – of loved ones, of relationships, of great dreams..
The Compassionate Mother Mary, becomes a model for us: To accept our human boundaries and give ourselves into God’s Hands.
(Reflect for some time and personalize the above-mentioned points)
Compassionate Mother Mary, intercede for me, that I may accept all my limitations, and give myself totally into the Hands of the Lord, Amen!
VIRTUES TO BE PRACTISED
Accepting the various limitations in my life
Giving myself totally to the Hands of the Lord
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