The Sixth Sorrow of Mary occurs when Jesus is placed into his mother's arms. He is gone. There is no shred of hope that he might be spared. It is final. It is finished. Imagine Mary's pain. She holds the man who was her baby, her little boy, her grown-up son. But He was more than that. He was her Lord and her Savior. She was the first one to know he was God. She carried God in her body. She not only loved her Son, she worshipped Him.
Today let us pray for all those who are touched by death in all its finality. Those who receive home the body of a dead soldier son, daughter, husband or wife. Those whose dead child is placed in their arms. Those who lose a baby. Those who must say good-bye to a parent, a friend, or a loved one.
While someone is dying, we desperately hope for some intervention, some miracle. Once they are gone, we are numb with grief and shock. The one we love was there one minute, completely gone the next.
There are other kinds of death that become final. Divorce. Abandonment. Disability, loss of limb, of eyesight, of hearing, of mobility. Pray for all those who face one kind of death or another on this day. Pray for the WHOLE world of suffering people. Pray that they would find hope, even in their moment of grief. And that they, like Mary, would trust completely in the promises of Christ; and if they don't know Christ, that God would comfort them in another, personal way. Pray that good people would come to their help.
During Lent, pray BIG. Pray for all who hurt. Be merciful to others. God knows who they are.
I am a Catholic wife, mom and grandma. In 1995, after Bible college and a few years as an Evangelical Missionary, I was received into the Church at the Easter Vigil. These are my personal musings on Scripture, prayer, and living close to Jesus.