06 Apr Behold your son (John 19:26)
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”~ John 19:26 (full readings)
Rosemary’s Reflections: I look forward to celebrating Good Friday every Lent because it is the day filled with so many examples of love, the greatest being Our Lord sacrificing Himself for our sins. Another is when Jesus offers His mother, Mary to the disciple John, who in a sense represents us. What a strong woman! Not only is she standing at the foot of the cross watching her Son suffer and die, but she also takes on the role of mom for us all. Mary has become our Blessed Mother, adopting us as her own. Being a mom is not easy, nor is watching your own child suffer. Yet we see women going into abortion clinics to end the lives of their children, some even using the reason of “easing the pain” for their children if they are diagnosed with a disease. Did Mary pierce her Son with a lance to end His suffering? No, she gave him the dignity to live until His last breath. While we never want to watch our loved ones in pain, it is not our decision to end someone’s life. All life is a gift to behold.
Feast Day: St. Crescentia Hoess.
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion reality (images)…#1 death cause (22% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa.
* Evangelize: Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/spassage/?searchacrifice/mercy). Mt 28:19.