Throughout the crucifixion, the unwavering commitment to the mission and the intensity of Jesus’ love for his people is felt clearly. What comfort in times of suffering to recall how faithful Jesus was to us. Giving his mother to the apostle he loved was a great act of love. The Blessed Mother walked with Jesus as a quiet strength for him. As we celebrate the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows let us be aware that she is the same loving force in our lives leading us to Jesus and to the Father. St Paul who was a strong contributor to the cruel fate of the early disciples experienced the power of God. His eyes that were blinded were opened to the reality of the truth and he set out on a mission to serve God selflessly. It is said that never a man magnified his office as Paul did. He did not magnify it in pride: he magnified it in wonder that God had chosen him for a task like that. He found in Timo- thy – a young man – the perfect disciple who could be trusted. We are called to be like Paul and Timothy in this era.
Prayer: Abba Father, give us a heart to serve you in obedience to your will, following the example of Mary our mother. Amen.