Today is the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows. Read below for Father Steve's very important reflection on this depiction of Mary.
The poet Wendell Berry reflects that for parents, the only way is hard. We who give life give pain. There is no help. Yet we who give pain give love; by pain we learn the extremity of love… In other words, it may be different in another world, but in this world, all love requires a sacrifice, and with that sacrifice there is inevitable pain. To reject sacrifice as the condition for the possibility of love is to live an essentially loveless existence.
Berry continues his reflection with this insight: I read of Christ crucified, the only begotten Son sacrificed to flesh and time and all our woe. He died and rose, but who does not tremble for his pain and loneliness, and the darkness of the sixth hour? Unless we grieve like Mary at his grave, giving him up as lost, no Easter morning comes…
Fr. Steve offered Mass for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (the Triumph of the Cross) at the Word on Fire chapel this morning. Here is the text of his compelling homily, calling us to consider the great paradox of this celebration.
Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, also known as the Triumph of the Cross.
The strange paradox of this celebration is obvious. The brutal humiliation, torture and execution of the Lord Jesus are remembered by Christians as not only a triumph but as an occasion for celebration.
Think about that...