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Mary, Mother of the Church

Jn 19: 25-34

And that is what the soldiers did. Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home. 

After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Since it was the day of Preparation, the Jews did not want the bodies left on the cross during the sabbath, especially because that sabbath was a day of great solemnity. So they asked Pilate to have the legs of the crucified men broken and the bodies removed. Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who had been crucified with him. 

But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 


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Jesus promises that we will not be alone

Mary is undoubtedly my favorite saint.  Strong, faithful, independent, and brave.

I have major empathy for her as I read this passage.  It is hard to imagine a mother witnessing her son in this way: beaten, bloodied, abandoned, and dying slowly. 

There is a lot of caring and presence in this reading.  Mary’s presence is of great comfort and strength to Jesus and Jesus is happy to return the comfort and strength to Mary in this passage: ““Woman, behold your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her into his family.  Jesus is telling Mary: you will never be alone.

Even in his moment of greatest suffering, Jesus was caring and present for his own mother in her own moment of greatest suffering.

We most likely know someone who is suffering.  This reading reminds us no one has to suffer alone. Pay attention and be present to those in your life who need you.

Dan O’Brien is a graduate of Loyola Academy and John Carroll University.  He has worked for the Jesuits for 20 years and currently serves as a Regional Advancement Director for the Midwest Jesuits based in Milwaukee, WI.

 


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Prayer

Grant, O Lord, that in our contemplation
of the mystery of your passion
we do not run away from the essential things.
Help us to contemplate you,
your eucharistic love,
your crucified love as the sum reality necessary
to understand all the rest,
as the one reality from which
all the others receive light and clarity.

We ask you this through the intercession
of the one who had the eye to see all essential things:
Mary, your mother.

—Carlo Maria Martini, SJ


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June 01, 2020

Scripture

Mary, Mother of the Church

Jn 19: 25-34

And that is what the soldiers did. Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home. 

After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Since it was the day of Preparation, the Jews did not want the bodies left on the cross during the sabbath, especially because that sabbath was a day of great solemnity. So they asked Pilate to have the legs of the crucified men broken and the bodies removed. Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who had been crucified with him. 

But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 


Ignatian Reflection

Jesus promises that we will not be alone

Mary is undoubtedly my favorite saint.  Strong, faithful, independent, and brave.

I have major empathy for her as I read this passage.  It is hard to imagine a mother witnessing her son in this way: beaten, bloodied, abandoned, and dying slowly. 

There is a lot of caring and presence in this reading.  Mary’s presence is of great comfort and strength to Jesus and Jesus is happy to return the comfort and strength to Mary in this passage: ““Woman, behold your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her into his family.  Jesus is telling Mary: you will never be alone.

Even in his moment of greatest suffering, Jesus was caring and present for his own mother in her own moment of greatest suffering.

We most likely know someone who is suffering.  This reading reminds us no one has to suffer alone. Pay attention and be present to those in your life who need you.

Dan O’Brien is a graduate of Loyola Academy and John Carroll University.  He has worked for the Jesuits for 20 years and currently serves as a Regional Advancement Director for the Midwest Jesuits based in Milwaukee, WI.

 


Prayer

Grant, O Lord, that in our contemplation
of the mystery of your passion
we do not run away from the essential things.
Help us to contemplate you,
your eucharistic love,
your crucified love as the sum reality necessary
to understand all the rest,
as the one reality from which
all the others receive light and clarity.

We ask you this through the intercession
of the one who had the eye to see all essential things:
Mary, your mother.

—Carlo Maria Martini, SJ

DAILY EXAMEN

The Daily Examen is a prayer technique developed by St. Ignatius to help us reflect on the events of the day to discern God’s presence and direction. When Ignatius founded the Society of Jesus, he required the Jesuits to practice the Examen twice daily—at noon and at the end of the day. It’s a habit that Jesuits, and many other Christians, practice to this day.

The Examen structure presented below is adapted from a technique described by Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises. Click here for more information from our partners in ministry at Loyola Press.

Daily Examen

1. Become aware of God’s presence

God, I believe that at this moment I am in your presence and you are loving me.

2. Review the day with gratitude

God, you know my needs better than I know them. Give me your light and your help to see how you have been with me, both yesterday and today.

3. Pay attention to your emotions

God, help me to be grateful for the moments when people have affirmed me and challenged me. Help me to see how I have responded, and whether I have been kind to others and open to growth.

4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it

God, forgive me for when I have not done my best or have failed to treat others well. Encourage me, guide me, and continue to bless me.

5. Look toward tomorrow

As I look to the remainder of this day, make me aware that you are with me. Show me how to be the person you want me to be.

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