“…and a sword shall pierce your own soul too.” Luke 2:35
So this was what it meant! How often during the years of ministry and teaching, had Mary recalled those words. How would it all end? Now she knew. There was nothing else to do but be there – as indeed she had been throughout her son’s life.
“Let it be” she had said “according to your word.” And so it is. She stood, supported by John the Beloved Disciple with the crowd, watching and waiting as those to be executed walked to the place of execution.
At least as he passed she could meet him, not to weep, or lament – that would be for another time – but to support, him. Her heart may be breaking, but still she was attuned to the will of God. She did not know why, when all Jesus had done was to follow the will of his Father, but for his sake, she would still trust and give him what she could of her strength and obedience.
Father give me the grace to go on trusting you and your goodness in the midst of pain, darkness and grief. May I learn from the steadfastness of Mary, and be assured of her prayers. Amen.
Sister Jean Mary, of the Community of the Holy Name.
Now move to the Fifth Station.