Monday - Ordinary Time
1) Opening prayer
creator and guide,
serve you with all our hearts
your forgiveness in our lives.
this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
for ever and ever. Amen.
Gospel Reading - John 19,25-27
cross of Jesus stood his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of
Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.
his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing near her, Jesus said to his
mother, ‘Woman, this is your son.’ Then to the disciple he said, ‘This is your
mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
• Today, feast of Our
Sorrowful Mother, the Gospel of the day presents the passage in which Mary, the
Mother of Jesus and the Beloved Disciple, meet at Calvary before the Cross. The
Mother of Jesus appears two times in the Gospel of John: at the beginning at
the wedding feast in Cana (Jn 2, 1-5), and at the end, at the foot of the Cross
(Jn 19, 25-27). These two episodes, only present in John’s Gospel, have a very
profound value. The Gospel of John compared to the other three Gospels, is like
an X-Ray of the other three, while the other three are only a photograph of
what has taken place. The X rays of faith help to discover in the events
dimensions which the human eye does not succeed to perceive. The Gospel of
John, besides describing the facts, reveals the symbolical dimension which
exists in them. Thus, in both cases, at Cana and at the foot of the Cross, the
Mother of Jesus represents symbolically the Old Testament waiting for the New
Testament to arrive, and in the two cases, she contributes to the arrival of
the New Testament. Mary appears like the step between what existed before and
that which will arrive afterwards. At Cana she symbolizes the Old Testament;
she perceives the limits of the Old Testament and takes the initiative so that
the New one arrives. She tells her Son: “They have no wine!” (Jn 2, 3). And in
Calvary? Let us see:
• John 19, 25: The
women and the Beloved Disciple, together at the foot of the Cross. This is
what the Gospel says: “Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his
mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala”. The
“photograph” shows the mother together with the Son, standing up. A strong
woman, who does not allow herself to be discouraged. “Stabat Mater Dolorosa!” Hers
is a silent presence which supports the Son in his gift of self up until death,
and the death on the cross (Ph 2, 8). But the “X-Ray” of faith shows how the
passage from the Old Testament to the New Testament takes place. Like it
happened in Cana, the Mother of Jesus represents the Old Testament, the new
humanity which is formed beginning from the lived experience of the Gospel of
the Kingdom. At the end of the first century, some Christians thought that the
Old Testament was no longer necessary. In fact, at the beginning of the second
century, Marciones rejected all the Old Testament and remained with only a part
of the New Testament. This is why many wanted to know which was the will of Jesus
• John 19, 26-28: The
Testament or the Will of Jesus. The words of Jesus are significant. Seeing
his Mother, and at her side the beloved Disciple, Jesus says: “Woman, this is
your son”. Then he says to the disciple: “This is your mother”. The Old and the
New Testament must walk together. The request of Jesus, the beloved Disciple,
the son, the New Testament, receives the mother in his house. In the house of
the Beloved Disciple, in the Christian community, the full sense of the Old
Testament is discovered. The New Testament cannot be understood without the Old
one, neither is the Old one complete without the New one. Saint Agustin said:
“Novum in vetere latet, Vetus in Novo patet”. (The New one is hidden in the Old
one. The Old one blooms in the New one). The New one without the Old one would
be a building without a foundation. And the Old one without the New one would
be like a fruit tree which could not bear fruit.
• Mary in
the New Testament. The New Testament speaks very little about Mary and she says
even less. Mary is the Mother of silence. The Bible only keeps seven words of
Mary. Each one of those is like a window which allows one to see inside Mary’s
house and to discover how her relationship with God was. The key to understand
all this is given by Luke: “Blessed are those who receive the word of God and
put it into practice” (Lk 11, 27-28).
“How can this come about, since I have no knowledge of man?” (Lk 1, 34).
“You see before you the Lord’s servant; let it happen to me as you have said”.
(Lk 1, 38).
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my
Saviour (Lk 1, 46-55).
“My child why have you done this to us? Your father and I were worried looking
for you” (Lk 2, 48).
“They have no wine!” (Jn 2, 3.)
“Do whatever he tells you!” (Jn 2, 5).
The silence at the foot of the Cross, more eloquent than one thousand words!
(Jn 19, 25-27).
• Mary at the foot of the
Cross. A strong and silent woman. How is my devotion to Mary, the Mother of
• In the Pieta of
Michelangelo, Mary seems to be very young, younger than the crucified Son, and
she must have been about fifty years old. Asked why he had sculptured the face
of Mary as a young girl, Michelangelo replied: the persons who are passionate
for God never age!” Passionate for God! Is that passion for God in me?
what quantities of good things you have in store
who fear you,
bestow on those who make you their refuge,
humanity to see.
your presence you hide them,
human plotting. (Ps 31,19-20)