Friday, the 23rd week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Our Lady of Sorrows
Readings for today’s Mass
I was recently walking behind my three year old daughter when, much to my terror, she tripped and fell down an entire flight of stairs. It was horrifying to watch her tiny body go tumbling and bumping down knowing there was nothing I could do to stop it. Fortunately, she was perfectly fine. In fact, I think I cried harder than she did imagining how scared she was and how she could have been injured.Whether or not you are a parent we have all had or will have to watch someone we love suffer. This could be physical suffering from age or illness or perhaps emotional suffering from something challenging taking place in their lives. Maybe you yourself have had to face some type of suffering.
Today is the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows. Mary watched her dearly beloved son as he was tortured and crucified. She sat at the foot of the cross as he breathed his last breath. One cannot imagine the sorrow she felt. Her child, the very part of her, suffered and died right before her eyes so that we might have eternal life. One of Jesus’ last instructions to the disciple whom he loved (and to us!) was to “give” Mary to us as our own mother. “Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother."” We can bring our sorrows, our sufferings, and the pain of others in our lives to our Blessed Mother. She knows what it is like to suffer and she is there for us. Let her comfort you and be your mother in your times of need.