Our Lady of Sorrows -- Tuesday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time
Welcome to the Liturgy of the Word for the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows. It falls this year on Tuesday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time. Today’s readings are inserted below. Since so many of you read the Magnificat on a daily basis, when there are alternative readings, I usually choose the ones that are in the Magnificat. That is the case today.
Yours truly is the celebrant and homilist for today’s Liturgy of the Word. Ave Maria concludes our Liturgy of the Word today…as well it should.
From my experience of ministering to the needs of God’s people over these many years, I know that there is at least one person out there…probably more, but at least one…who really, really needs to hear this message.
And the reason I feel that way? Since we have been producing these videos beginning with the start of the Covid lockdown, I have never had the problems that I had in putting this video together. Never. Too many to share details, but trust me…there were many.
I have no doubt that the enemy…the evil one…was at work trying desperately to prevent this message from going out. He really doesn’t like it when hope is presented for those who are suffering. And when the message of Our Lady of Sorrows goes out, he doesn’t like it because she shows us hope and strength in the midst of suffering.
We must always look to her for her example and turn to her for her intercession to her Son, our Lord.
If you know of someone who is suffering because of the loss of a loved one…especially the loss of a child…please share this video with them.
Blessings to all.
Your servant in Christ,
The Readings for Our Lady of Sorrows
A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews
In the days when Christ was in the flesh, he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.
Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; and when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.
The word of the Lord.
R/ Save me, O Lord, in your kindness.
In you, O Lord, I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
In your justice rescue me,
make haste to deliver me! R/
Be my rock of refuge,
a stronghold to give me safety.
You are my rock and my fortress;
for your name’s sake you will lead and guide me. R/
You will free me from the snare they set for me, for you are my refuge.
Into your hands I commend my spirit;
you will redeem me, O Lord, O faithful God. R/ But my trust is in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.”
In your hands is my destiny; rescue me from the clutches of my enemies and my persecutors. R/
How great is your goodness, O Lord, which you have in store for those who fear you, And which, toward those who take refuge in you, you show in the sight of the children of men. R/
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”
Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
The Gospel of the Lord.