Sorrows of Mary

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The Woman of 100 Sorrows. 

The Sorrows of Mary : The Woman of Sorrows.


Copyright 2019 John N. Lupia, III




A careful study of the "Sorrows of Mary" found in the New Testament will assist us in better understanding the personality, virtues, and theological significance of Mary.

The numbering is only tentative


Light of Mary illuminate me,
Light of Mary guide me,
Light of Mary protect me,
Light of Mary envelop me,
Light of Mary fortify me,
Light of Mary console me,
Light of Mary embrace me,
Light of Mary pamper me,
Light of Mary touch my heart,
Light of Mary protect me,

I am shedding upon you the rays of my immaculate Light and, in the deep darkness in which you are more and more enveloped, I invite you to walk along the light-filled path which comes from my Heart.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.

 

Mary is called by God to become the mother of the Messiah, the Only Begotten One. (c. f . Luke 1:26-38)

 

"She was troubled at his word."

 

           

The glorious St. Gabriel, the Archangel, greeted Mary as χαρε, κεχαριτωμένη, κύριος μετ σο, usually translated as ”Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you.” The translations do not express to fullest meaning of the greeting since Gabriel hailed Mary as filled with God and every grace proper to God alone. This greeting was never given to any mortal since everyone falls short of the fullness of every grace of God. All that is, except Mary. That is why the greeting disturbed her causing her to ask herself what manner of greeting might this be? This is the only occurrence in the entire Bible for the use of the Greek word κεχαριτωμένη, and it is found in the Greek language outside of this verse in Luke used only once. That usage is as an adverb of the Greek χαριτω, which means “to show grace to anyone” and as a gloss on έπιχαριττως, which is to be pleasing. So, the word suggests

 

 

  The phrase "full of grace" in Greek is "plaras karitos," and it occurs in only two places in the New Testament; neither one is in reference to Mary. This unique Greek word κεχαριτωμένη, expresses the fullness of grace of God alone, which is not proper to any human being except Mary since she alone received all the salvific merits and graces of her son before he was conceived in her sacred womb. From the first instant of her conception, she was totally preserved from the stain of original sin and she remained pure from all personal sin throughout her life," (CCC, 508). Mary instantly understood after her initial disturbance that God was her Savior who kept her pure and filled with every good grace and blessing. That is why she exclaimed in her Magnificat, “My spirit rejoices in God my Savior”.

 

 

 

Mary was a consecrated perpetual virgin. She and Joseph both planned to marry practicing perpetual continence living in purity. There were societies amongst the Jews that had members that lived as perpetual consecrated virgins, both male and female. They were not unique in regards to this since it was practiced among some few devout. Jesus will imitate them.

 

Joseph and Mary were Anawim or “the poor in spirit,” who like the holy ones at Qumran, prayed throughout the day begging God to send his Messiah. Now, an angel, the glorious St. Gabriel, the Archangel, sent from the throne of God announces to Mary at Nazareth that she is to bear a son.

 

His greeting and announcement caused Mary alarm and concern. But, how can this be? St. Luke’s Gospel records Mary’s response to Gabriel’s message. “How shall this be done, because I know not man?” (Luke 1:34). Mary gave herself completely to God consecrated as a perpetual virgin. She was frightened at his words. God reassured her through Gabriel saying : "Be not afraid!" She obeyed - and her sorrow was turned into ecstatic joy!

 

 

2.

 

 

Mary felt both joy and sorrow hearing her elder cousin Elisabeth was in her sixth month. (Luke 1:36)

 

 

Mary was certainly delighted to hear Elizabeth was in her sixth month. She knew how disappointed she had been having been barren throughout her marriage with Zechariah. She knew what great joy Elizabeth must be experiencing. And as she was reflecting on that she realized after six months Elizabeth must be very tired.  Her compassionate heart thought more about Elizabeth's needs than anything else. She deeply desired to help her manage the home and bring gifts and provisions. She immediately took stock on what she would need for the trip and sent for Joseph since he was her legal protector as her betrothed. She wanted to tell him about her role as mother of the Messiah and planned to tell him when they arrived at Zechariah’s house. She knew Elizabeth’s pregnancy was linked since the angel told her. Elizabeth learned the message given to Zechariah that their son would be the herald of the Messiah. Bust she did not know who his mother would be. Whereas Mary knew the mother and so went to her in great haste.

 

 

 

 

3.

 

 

Mary makes haste to visit Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-56)

 

Ein Karem, the traditional site of the house of Zachariah and Elizabeth is located 90 miles south of Nazareth in a district of western Jerusalem just 4 miles northwest of Bethlehem. This theatre of Mary’s journeys in the heartland of the Jews Mary would make again and again in tears and sorrow.

 

Mary and Joseph together with their servants and a few other relatives gathered to form their caravan for the journey bring provisions and a small flock of chickens and sheep for it was planned to celebrate Passover with them since Mary wanted to stay until Elizabeth gave birth that June.

 

 

Mary suffered the inconvenience of traveling through the hill country in order to visit Elizabeth. Mary brought with her money, foodstuffs, and various gifts and other provisions. Her betrothed, Joseph, accompanies her since he is her spouse and protector under Mosaic Law.

 

Mary makes haste aware Elizabeth is now over due to have someone help her. She quickly gathers everyone and everything together to get to Zechariah’s house as soon as possible. All her focus, energy and prayers are aimed at getting to help Elizabeth and share the joy of motherhood together.

 

4.

 

Zachariah Mute as a Punishment. (Luke 1:18-20)

 

 

Mary was filled with excitement as she approached Zechariah’s house. She quickly entered and was greeted by Zechariah and Elizabeth. Mary could see he was mute and Elizabeth explained. Mary, immediately felt deeply for him aware of the pain, suffering, and embarrassment he must feel after learning he was made mute as a punishment by the Archangel Gabriel for his disbelief in God's divine plan.

 

Mary ever silent herself prayed Zechariah would have his faith increased and perfected. She knew his needs and immediately set herself to pray for him.

 

 

 

5.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Reveals Mary's Pregnancy. (Luke 1:43)

 

“Why should the mother of my Lord come to me?”

 

 

The embarrassment Mary must have felt when Elizabeth calls her "the mother of my Lord" in front of Joseph. The deed is done. She must now find a way to explain - but instead she turns to God to do this. The woman of silence and mystery trust exclusively in God to resolve the situation.

 

 

6.

 

 

 

Joseph contemplated divorcing Mary (Matthew 1:19)

 

 

Mary felt deeply for her betrothed who, feeling so unworthy to be her spouse and guardian of her and the Messiah considered divorcing her privately. Who among us is worthy to receive salvation, forgiveness, mercy, and to be given grace beyond all measure in eternal life in heaven? Her prayers for Joseph brought God's immediate remedy sending an angel to reveal to him His will to keep Mary as his wife.

 

 

7.

 

 

The Census (Luke 2:1)

 

 

Joseph and Mary obedient to Caesar's law went to Bethel, the native town of Joseph, to record his household for the census. The hardship of an expectant mother journeying through the hill country for such a great distance caused Mary to suffer the stress of such a trip.

 

Chimham from Gilead

 

The so-called "Inn of Chimham" (Jeremiah 41:17), was originally probably only a khan or lean-to, i.e., a quickly made shelter, which in Hebrew is called geruth, or gidhroth “sheep pens” which he built for his possession of Bethlehem, which David gave to him as a reward for his loyalty in accompanying him to Jerusalem after the defeat of Absalom (1 Kings 2:7. It has been supposed that, considering the stationary character of Eastern institutions, it was in the stable of this inn or caravanserai that our Savior was born (Luke 2:7).

 

After this I shall return
and rebuild the fallen hut of David;
from its ruins I shall rebuild it
and raise it up again,
so that the rest of humanity may seek out the Lord,
even all the Gentiles on whom my name is invoked.
Thus says the Lord who accomplishes these things,
known from of old.

 

 

8.

 

 

 

No room in the Inn.  (Luke 2:1-18)

 

 

Joseph of the House of David and his wife, Mary, who is also of the House of David are rejected by their own kinsmen at the Inn. This is contrary to the Jewish custom of hospitality, which welcomes strangers. Selfishness, disinterest, and cold heartedness cause such pain and suffering for those in need to be neglected.

 

No room in the Inn refers to the inn or cell of our hearts. Souls burdened by attachments cling to earthly attractions and are always in peril of being chocked to death by the weeds and thorns growing about where the Word of God, the seed, fell upon this portion of the path where dangers of these vices struggle to dominate you destroying every thought of self-mastery and keeping you from virtue. “The rich he has sent away empty handed,” says our Lady in her Magnificat. They are filled-up there is no more room. Keep your heart opened to Jesus Christ who is love itself. And when the heart is open hands open up and let go of material goods for the service of Christ and His Church and for the benefit and good of others. Open hearts spiritually mature seeing all things in their proper perspective in relationship to God and are detached from everything that is not God and His Mother, who alone is our gate to Him.

 

 

9.

 

 

Born in a Stable (Luke 2:1-18)

 

 

Mary suffered the inconvenience and poverty of conditions and circumstances to bear her child in a proper place. The filth and odors of a stable confronted Mary and Joseph preparing a hygienic environment to birth the child and lay him to rest.

 

 

10. Wrapped in swaddling.

 

The paterfamilias of the House of David is Jesse, a weaver, father of King David. The family kept the tradition of being the finest weavers and embroiderers, a thousand year old tradition in which Mary was raised and taught how to weave, embroider, and loom yarns into the finest cloth. While visiting Elizabeth she and her cousin loomed or wove their sons their swaddling cloths. These cloths were a cubit wide and 4 cubits long or eighteen inches wide by four feet long. Mothers would wrap their newborn children into swaddling to keep them warm, clean and prevent the child from scratching themselves and their mother.

 

 

 

10.

 

 

Christ Lay in a Manger (Luke 2:1-18)

 

 

How Mary suffered to place her child in a manger as a crib. God wished this she knew. This sign showed her that her child would be the nourishment for our souls, broken and fallen, which rendered us much like the beasts around them.

 

 

11.

 

 

The Massacre of the Innocents (Matthew 2:16-18) 

 

Let my eyes stream with tears day and night, without rest, Over the great destruction which overwhelms the virgin daughter of my people, over her incurable wound. If I walk out into the field, look! Those slain by the sword” (Canticle of Jeremiah 14:17-21)

 

 

 

12. The circumcision.

 

 

 

The High Priest in the Temple of Jerusalem, Simeon, served as the mohel and performed the circumcision of Jesus. Simeon demonstrates a profound understanding of the Messiah and his destiny as well as that of his mother and all the children of Abraham. Simeon's eyes were opened to Jesus as the Messiah since he served as the mohel and performed the brit milah or circumcision ceremony, which required metzitzah b'peh (Hebrew: מְצִיצָה בְּפֶה), or oral suction on the wound  according to the Talmud, Tractate Shabbos, 133b. [4]  Consequently, Simeon was the first person to partake in the Eucharist tasting the blood of Christ and eating his flesh. Simeon obviously believed in spirit, angels, and the resurrection from the dead. Herod deposed him because of family plots to seize his throne, which Simeon failed to warn him about. 

 

 

 

13.

 

The Prophecy of Simeon (Luke 2:34-35) 

 

 

Joseph and Mary obedient to God's law presented Jesus in the Temple.

 

13.

 

The Holy Family forced into political exile fled into Egypt. (Matthew 2:13-14) Mary and Joseph suffered the loss of their homeland, homes, families, friends, life with all its possessions and their work at home.

 

14.

 

Herod's son Archelaus ruled, and Joseph was afraid to return to Bethlehem (Matthew 2:22)

 

 

Mary and Joseph knew what it was like to live in a powerful and cruel society. They lived in fear of persecution and punishment from rival authority. They returned to Israel but could not yet go into Jerusalem or any part of the kingdom of Judea because of Archelaus. 

 

15.

 

Jesus is lost in the Temple at Jerusalem (Luke 2:41-52)

 

 

The memory of Simeon's prophesy "Your own heart a sword shall pierce" was continually in Mary's thoughts while searching those three days wondering where Jesus was, or if he was safe and sound, or if he had fallen victim to evil hands.

 

"Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you" Luke 13:34 We recall these words spoken by Jesus and found in the first Gospel ever written, Luke, assisted by Mary, the Mother of God. This particular first clause of the saying of Jesus was probably an adage at the beginning of the first century. Mary must have had these very thoughts worrying about Jesus' safety

 

 

 

16.

 

John the Baptist is arrested.

 

17.

 

 

"Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" (John 1:46)

 

 

This quote from the Apostle Nathaniel reflects the sentiment in Judean society towards Nazarenes. This bias against Galileans among the Judeans was the result of the track record Galilee had for producing revolutionaries, false messiahs, and trouble for Judea. It was hurtful for Mary to see herself, her son, and husband be labeled as troublemakers from Galilee in Judean society.

 

18.

 

 

 Nazarenes attempt to throw Jesus off a cliff (Luke 4:29)

 

 

Mary was cut to the heart to see her townsmen bent of killing Jesus. 

 

19. 

 

 

Jesus predicts his Passion and death the first time. (Matthew 16:21-23; Mark 8:31-33;)

 

 

20.

 

 

They have no wine. (John 2:3)

 

 

Mary's compassionate heart felt deeply for the newlyweds discovering they ran out of wine.

 

 

 

21.

 

 

Salome asks Jesus to place her sons at his right and left side in heaven. (Mark 9:33-37; 10:35-40)

 

 

 

22.

 

 

 Herod beheads John the Baptist.

 

23. 

 

 

Many disciples leave Jesus. (John 6:60-66)

 

 

Mary was very sorrowful to see so many disciples leave her son after he taught them about the Eucharist.

 

24.

 

 

Scribes murmur Jesus blasphemes. (Matthew 9:3)

 

 

25.

 

 

Jesus accused by Pharisees of keeping bad company of sinners and tax collectors. (Matthew 9:9-10)

 

26. 

 

 

Jesus accused of being a sorcerer in league with the devil.  (Luke 11:15)

 

27.

 

 

Nazarene family of Jesus thinks he is insane. (Mark 3:20)

 

 

Nazareth was cosmopolitan with rich culture from Greek and Roman influences and this in turn influenced religious sentiments. The piety and preaching of Jesus among his own townsmen was very mixed with some who considered him crazy. It was hurtful to Mary knowing not only her townsmen but also especially family members thought Jesus crazy. Since Mary was the perfect disciple and mirror of her son these comments were certainly hurled against her as well. 

 

28.

 

 

Woman caught in adultery. Mary grieved when Jews picked up stones to execute sinners. 

 

29. 

 

 

Nicodemus is secretly a disciple for fear of the Jews. (John 19:38)

 

*30.  Place as final solution putting plots first

 

 

Caiaphas' judgment regarding Jesus was that : "it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.” (John 11:50)

 

 

When Mary learned of Caiaphas' plan to kill Jesus she was pierced through with shock and horror. 

 

31. 

 

 

"He came to His own and His own did not receive Him." (John 1:11)

 

32. 

 

 

"The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone." (Psalm 118:22; Matthew 21:42; Acts 4: 11; Mark 12:10; 1 Peter 2:7)

 

 

33. 

 

 

Jesus predicts his Passion and death a second time. (Matthew 17:21-23; Mark 9:30-32)

 

 

34. 

 

 

Jesus not welcome at a Samaritan village (Luke 9:51-56)

 

 

35. 

 

 

Jesus accused of being a glutton and a drunkard. (Luke 7:34)

 

 

 

36.

 

 

Rich young man departs Jesus (Matthew 19:16-22)

 

37.

 

Jesus condemns Capernaum. (Matthew 11:23)

 

38.

 

 

Jesus considered filthy since he violates ritual purification customs. (Matthew 15:1-20)

 

39.

 

 

Pharisees and Herodians protest Jesus entering the Temple by exiting. (Mark 3:1)

 

40.

 

 

Jesus accused of breaking and violating the Sabbath. (Mark 3:2) Earlier in Luke 6:6-11 they bait him on a Sabbath with a man with a withered hand.

 

 

41.

 

 

Jerusalem Temple Jews tried to stone Jesus (John 8:49)

 

 

Mary was horrified that the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem wanted to have Jesus stoned to death. 

 

(John 10:23-31)

 

42.

 

 

Jesus prophesied the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem (Luke 21:5-38; Matthew 24:3;)

 

 

43.

 

 

 

Jesus accused of abolishing the law. (Matthew 5:17)

 

 

 

44.

 

 

Pharisees take advantage of vulnerable people. (Mark 12:38-20)

 

 

45.

 

 

Jews attempt to trap Jesus (Mark 12:13) Luke 6:6-11 “But they became enraged
and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.”

 

 

 

 

46.

 

 

 

 Jesus predicts his Passion and death a third time. (Matthew 20:17-19)

 

 

47.

 

 

The death of Lazarus. (John 11:1-44)

 

 

Jesus wept hearing Lazarus died. Mary was also close to Lazarus and shared in the grief of his passing. 

 

 

48.

 

 

Jews laugh at Jesus. (Luke 8:53)

 

 

49.

 

 

Jews demand that Jesus give a sign. (Matthew 12:38-45; 16:1-4; Mark 8:11)

 

 

50.

 

 

Woes against Scribes and Pharisees (Matthew 23:13-36)

 

 

see all six woes 955-956

 

 

51.

 

 

Jesus condemns Chorazin and Bethsaida. (Luke 10:13-15)

 

 

52.

 

 

Jewish Temple leaders corrupted the Temple like a band of thieves. (Matthew 21:13)

 

 

 

53.

 

 

Jesus condemns the traditions of the Pharisees (Mark 7:1-13)

 

 

 

54.  

 

 

 

Jesus predicts destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem.

 

 

 

55.

 

 

Belligerent Jews challenge and provoked Jesus demanding by what authority does he act?  (Matthew 21:23-24)

 

“they challenged me and provoked me. Although they had seen all my works.” Psalm 95

 

 

56. 

 

 

Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?" (John 12:5-6)

 

 

 

57.

 

Jesus reveals the anointing is for his death.

 

 

 

58.

 

 

Conspiracy to betray Jesus (Matthew 26:14-16)

 

 

 

 

59.

 

 

Jesus laments over Jerusalem (Matthew 23:37-39)

 

 

60.

 

 

Pharisees get false witnesses to testify against Jesus. (Mark 14:53-56)

 

 

 

61.

 

 

One of you is about to betray me (John 13:21, Matthew 26:21, Mark 14:18)

 

 

Mary and the other women relatives of the Apostles were present during the Last Supper. Mary suffered hearing her son say that one of his intimate friends was about to betray him.

 

62.

 

The devil entered Judas

 

 

 

63.

 

“Before the cock crows, Peter, you will deny me three times.”

 

 

 

64.

 

 

Judas Betrays Jesus (Luke 22:3-5)

 

 

One of Mary's spiritual sons, Judas, betrayed Jesus for money.

 

 

 

 

65.

 

 

Jesus is arrested and beaten by the Jewish Temple guards. 

 

 

66.

 

 

Jesus condemned by Sanhedrin in mock trial. (Matthew 26:57-68)

 

 

67.

 

 

And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. (Luke 18:33) Mary heard her son's prediction about his Passion, Death and Resurrection, time and time again whenever he reminded his apostles and disciples about it. For Mary it was a reminder harking back to the prophesy of Simeon when Christ was an infant presented in the Temple at Jerusalem that he was destined to be a sign of contradiction, rejection and be pierced. Simeon also told her that she too would have her heart pierced by this suffering and the tragedy of his Passion.

 

“For he scourges and then has mercy” Tobit 13:2

 

Jesus was scourged in our place and since he paid our debt he has shown us his saving mercy. “He scourged you for your iniquities, but will again have mercy on you all.” Tobit 13

 

 

68.

 

 

Release Barabbas! (Matthew 27:20-21)

 

 

Mary suffered to hear the crowd loudly yelling for the release of Barabbas the criminal rather than see her son released.

 

 

69.

 

 

They shouted all the louder "Crucify him!"  (Mark 15:14)

 

 

Mary was cut to her very depth hearing her people demanding Jesus be executed in the most disgusting and horrible manner by crucifixion. 

 

 

70.

 

 

 

“Let his blood be upon us and on our children.” (Matthew 27:25)

 

 

 

71.

 

 

We have no king but Caesar! (John 19:15)

 

 

Mary remembered Gabriel's revelation "his reign will have no end." (Luke 1:32-33) She beheld her royal son, the King of Creation, now denied by the Temple leaders and totally rejected.

 

 

72.

 

 

 

Peter Denies Jesus (John 18:13-27) 

 

 

One of Mary's spiritual sons, Peter, denied Jesus three times.

 

 

 

73.

 

 

 

 

I will therefore punish him and release him.” (Luke 23:22) Mary heard Pilates decree to physically punish her beloved son with scourging and beatings. Her heart was pierced. When the Roman guards removed him into Fortress Antonia her mind raced with fear for Jesus knowing how brutal and cruel these guards could be. She stood outside with John waiting to catch sight of Jesus when he would exit, but instead, they heard the horrific sounds of the raucous inside with guards swarming on Jesus beating him, whipping him and the sounds of Jesus weeping, shouting, and crying in agony.

 

 

74.

 

 

Jesus takes up his cross.

 

 

“We give glory t you, Lord, who raised up your cross to span the jaws of death like a bridge by which souls might pass from the region of the dead to the land of the living.” (St. Ephrem, Sermo de Domino nostro, 3-4, 9: Opera edit. Lamy, I, 152-158)

 

 

 

75.

 

 

 

Jesus and Mary on the Via Crucis. (Luke 23:27; Mark 15:40)

 

 

Mary and a large group of women disciples met Jesus as he carried his cross. Mary wept most bitterly since her weeping was mirrored in the words of Jesus to the women who were present "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep rather for yourselves and for your children." (Luke 23:28) By obeying Jesus these women are weeping for their children imitating Mary, who weeps for her son. Jesus hold Mary as the model to imitate as he did before in Matthew 12:48-50.

 

 

76.

 

 

They strip Jesus and divide his garments casting lots.

 

 

77.

 

 

 

The Crucifixion - Mary stood standing near the Cross. (John 19:25) Mary helplessly watched her son suffering, writhing in horrific pain, loud cries and tears, chocking, gasping for breath. 

 

 

78.

 

 

 

Today you will be with me in paradise. (Luke 23:43) Mary hearing these words wept. She knew Jesus was about to die and would be gone. Her sorrow turned to joy thinking about salvation opened up to a common thief and criminal signaled in salvation opened up to everyone.

 

 

79.

 

 

 

The jeering crowd scoffs at Jesus with disrespect and ridicule. (Mark 15: 29-32; Matthew 27:32-44) Mary had to bear the added torment of the arrogant sinful crowd as they exhibited their hatred and rejection of Jesus.

 

 

80.

 

 

 

"I thirst"

 

 

81.

 

 

 

 

"It is finished."

 

 

82.

 

 

 

 

"Father into your hands I commend my spirit."

 

“Death had its own way when our Lord went out from Jerusalem carrying his cross; but when by a loud cry from that cross he summoned the dead from the underworld, death was powerless to prevent it.” (St. Ephrem, Sermo de Domino nostro, 3-4, 9: Opera edit. Lamy, I, 152-158)

 

 

 

 

83.

 

 

 

The Deposition of Jesus From the Cross - ( ποκαθήλωσις) (John 19:38-42) Mary cradles her dead son in her arms her heart broken with grief, shock and horror.

 

 

84.

 

 

 

The Burial of Christ. (John 19:41)

 

 

Mary laid her son in his white linen tallit, i.e., his garment she wove for him for his twelfth birthday when he became "Son of the Torah" customarily used by all Jews as their burial shroud. Her tears mixed with Christ's bloodstains now preserved at Turin as his funerary memorial testament that ingeniously conserved a photographic negative of him post mortem. The swaddling cloth she also wove while visiting Elizabeth in which she wrapped Jesus at birth is now used as the cloth that covered his head in the tomb. She echoed her son's words "My soul is sorrowful to the point of death." (Matthew 26:38)

 

 

85.

 

 

 

Judas commits suicide by hanging. (Matthew 27:1-10)

 

 

Mary already overwhelmed by grief now must bear the shocking horror of the suicide death of Judas. 

 

 

86.

 

 

 

 

Roman guards bribed to claim disciples took the corpse of Jesus. (Matthew 28:11-15)

 

 

 

87.

 

 

 

Thomas incredulous. (John 20:24-31)

 

 

Mary was hurt to see Thomas doubt the credulity of the apostles who eyewitnesses Jesus' post resurrection appearance to them.

 

 

88.

 

 

 

Temple leaders imprisoned Peter. (Acts 5:17-26)

 

 

Mary wept when she heard her spiritual son Peter was arrested. She knew they wanted to kill him just as they did to her son Jesus. Mary prayed and he was miraculously freed.

 

 

89.

 

 

There broke out a severe persecution of the Church in Jerusalem,
and all were scattered
throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria,
except the Apostles.
Devout men buried Stephen and made a loud lament over him.
Saul, meanwhile, was trying to destroy the Church;
entering house after house and dragging out men and women,
he handed them over for imprisonment. (Acts 8:1-8)

 

 

St. Paul, as Rabbi Saul, persecuted the Church and had many Christians arrested and tortured. The persecution of the Church caused Mary much sorrow.

 

 

90.

 

Stoning of Stephen (Acts 7:54-60)

 

 

Mary wept to see her spiritual children persecuted and Stephen become the first martyr victim. 

 

 

91.

 

James killed by Herod (Acts 12:2) Mary sees her dear spiritual son, James, killed. Mary understands the Church is modeled after her son, Jesus, and like him will be crucified in every age. Jesus taught they would be handed over just as he was (Matthew 10:17, 19)

 

 

92.

 

 

Peter imprisoned by Herod. (Acts 12:5)

 

 

Mary sees her dear spiritual son, Peter, like Jesus, again imprisoned. She grieves in deep sorrow for him. 

 

“for the Lord listens to the needy and does not spurn his servants in their chains.” Psalm 68

 

 

93.

 

 

 

In St. Luke's Book of Acts of the Apostles we find that Peter was martyred sometime after the Council of Jerusalem in AD 49, since there is total silence about Peter following it. Although no canonical record has survived about Peter's death beginning a century later legends about it began to emerge.

 

 

94.

 

 

 

Paul thwarted at Philippi (1 These 2:2)

 

 

"Fresh from the humiliation we had suffered at Philippi" Mary suffered together with the apostles in their sacred commission to spread the Gospel and increase the Church throughout the whole world.

 

 

 

95.

 

 

Rebels within the Church

 

 

“18 Children, it is the last hour;[d] and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come; therefore we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out, that it might be plain that they all are not of us.” 1 John 2:18-19

 

 

96.

 

Apostasy

 

“9 I have written something to the church; but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge my authority. 10 So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, prating against me with evil words. And not content with that, he refuses himself to welcome the brethren, and also stops those who want to welcome them and puts them out of the church.11 Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good.” 3 John 9-11

 

 

 

97.

 

“. . . savage wolves will come among you, and they will not spare the flock.” Acts 20:29

 

We have seen the savagery of the wolves in the Church’s sex scandals, and in efforts to confuse doctrine, devotion, and truths of every sort. St. Paul VI was given the gift to verbalize this casting it into an exhortative maxim “It is as if from some mysterious crack, no, it is not mysterious, from some crack the smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God.” June 29, 1972 homily.

 

 

98.

 

“And from your own group, men will come forward perverting the church. To draw the disciples away after them. Acts 20:30

 

Henry VIII divided the Church in England transforming it into the Church of England and he being King is its head. Fr. Martin Luther, OSA, divided the Church undermining the authority of the Holy See, corrupting Catholic doctrine and leading cities and massive defection from the Catholic Church. There are also more subtle divisions on the parochial level that seep into married lives of the parish itself. Those that divide put their faith in man in themselves, and not in Christ and His Church. They remind us to be ever vigilant of our own devotion and fidelity and loyalty to Jesus Christ and His Church. Christ demands of us to accept without hesitation all the doctrine of the Catholic Church and to know it, study it, reflect on it, and practice it with devotion, not half-heartedness or mere lip service. We were not called to be nominal Catholics, but evangelizers of all whom we meet even if it is only a warm friendly greeting shining the light of Christ into their hearts

 

 

 

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 1 John 2:18 "Many deceitful men have gone out into the world, men who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. Such is the deceitful one! This is the antichrist! Look out that you yourselves do not lose what you have worked for;"

 

 

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1 John 2:21-22 “Anyone who is so “progressive” that he does not remain rooted in the teaching of Christ does not possess God . . . If anyone comes to you who does not bring  this teaching, do not receive him into your house; do not even greet him, for whoever greets him shares in the evil he does.”

 

 

 

 

 

 


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