Mary Lost Her Son

Today, Good Friday, is the most solemn day of the year in the Christian household.
At 3:00 in the afternoon, Jesus died for our sins.

For me, I always knew that Jesus was the Savior and that he had to die for my sins and I knew how he died.  But as I got older and really started to grasp what all that meant…my heart sank.  Today, I still believe in the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus, but I have more appreciation for it. The Passion of the Christ, as we all know, portrays Jesus’ final hours on earth.  It starts in the Agony of the Garden when Jesus is praying to God.  Here, Jesus is sweating BLOOD.  He is terrified because he knows what is about to come.  Jesus is scared.  But he knows he has to die to save all of humanity.  As later events unfold, the most emotional part is the Way of the Cross (or Stations of the Cross), where we see Jesus going up to Golgotha to die.  Along the way, he meets his mother Mary.

I want you to imagine that you are Mary.  Mary brought Jesus up as she would any other child of hers.  She fed him, clothed him, taught him everything that he needed to know.  Mary loved him with her whole being.  Imagine you had a son and saw him carrying a cross and he was covered in blood, scars, and guards were whipping him right in front of you. Mary’s heart shattered.  Put yourself in her shoes.  I can only imagine what pain Mary felt that day.  She followed him to where he was crucified.  She heard her son cry out in pain when the soldiers were nailing him to the cross.  She wanted so badly to take him off the cross, but she knew it had to be done.  All she wanted was to console her son and spare him from having to go through this.  Again, she knew it had to be done.  But the fact of the matter is that she had to watch her son die.  I cannot imagine going through a pain like that.

This is the Pietà.  A statue of Mary holding Jesus’ lifeless body after being taken down from the cross.  Michelangelo sculpted this between 1498-1500.  This is one of the most iconic images in the Christian faith.Pieta Jason

This is the Pietà again, but this is by Jason Jenicke.  I personally like this one because you can see the sorrow of Mary and the body of Jesus.  To know that she had to watch him die is a terrible thing to think about.  Mary lost her son.

I would encourage everyone just for a few minutes to just pray to Mary and love her, especially on this day.  She loves us. Why not love her back? After all, she did bring the savior into the world.  Mom needs us right now and we can share in her sorrow with her.  We may never fully understand her pain, but we can grow closer to her and love her and share in the sorrow.  She knows she isn’t the only one crying over her son’s death.  Many people do.  Let us use this day as a starting point to grow closer to the Blessed Virgin.  Love your mother.  If you can, pray a rosary using the sorrowful mysteries.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.

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