Sunday, February 28, 2016

I, Too, Must Stand and Watch

(Continuing to share the short Stations of the Cross reflections we had at my church...
The style of these reflections is that we imagine what Jesus might say at each station, and then reply with what we should say.  The following is the reflection that accompanied Jesus Meets His Mother:)

Jesus says:

My mother sees me whipped.

She sees me kicked and driven like a beast.

She counts my every wound.

But though her soul cries out in agony,
no protest or complaint escapes her lips
or even enters her thoughts.

She shares my martyrdom - and I share hers.

We hide no pain, 
no sorrow,
from each other's eyes.

This is my Father's will.

I Reply

My Jesus, Lord,
I know what you are telling me.

To watch the pain of those we love
is harder than to bear our own.

To carry my cross after you,
I, too, must stand and watch
the sufferings of my dear ones - 
the heartaches, sicknesses and grief
of those I love.

And I must let them watch mine, too.

I do believe - 
for those who love you
all things work together unto good.

I hope you are all having a Blessed Lent.



Shirley said...

When my burdens seem heavy, when I fear falling, I turn to His Mother for help.
May she help you always.

Victor S E Moubarak said...


You have this rare gift of saying something very important succinctly and to the point. Thank you for that.

Today's post is very thought-provoking and timely.

God bless you.

Mary N. said...

Thank you, Michael! It's so hard watching someone else suffer. I can't even imagine how Our Lady felt watching her Son's Crucifixion though I meditate on this quite often.

Unknown said...

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Michael said...

And same to you Shirley!

God Bless.

Michael said...

Victor, thank you as always for your kind words. God Bless you.

Michael said...

Mary, I agree, there are no words or experiences that I can draw from to fully appreciate what our Blessed Mother went through. God Bless.