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<< Wednesday, September 15, 2004 >> Our Lady of Sorrows
1 Corinthians 12:31—13:13 or Hebrews 5:7-9
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Psalm 33 or Psalm 31 Luke 7:31-35 or John 19:25-27 or Luke 2:33-35
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"...but have not love, I am nothing." —1 Corinthians 13:2

Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows, exemplified true love, as expressed in 1 Corinthians 13. "Love is patient" (1 Cor 13:4) can be translated: "Love suffers a long time." Mary, suffering her seven major sorrows, certainly suffered a long time. "Love is kind" (1 Cor 13:4) can mean: "Love bears others' burdens." As our adoptive mother, Mary has borne so many of our burdens. Mary Immaculate was not jealous (see 1 Cor 13:4). Mary, humble handmaid of the Lord, was not proud (see 1 Cor 13:4). "Love is never rude" (1 Cor 13:5) can mean: "Love is not out of place." Mary was in her place whether it was in a stable, in the kitchen, at the foot of the cross, or exalted in heaven as the queen of heaven.

Mary was not self-seeking. She said: "Do whatever He [Jesus] tells you" (Jn 2:5). Mary was not provoked to anger, nor did she keep an account of injuries (see 1 Cor 13:5), for she is the Mother of Forgiveness, as Pope John Paul II named her during the Great Jubilee of the year 2000. Mary even forgave each of us for our part in her Son's execution due to our sins. Mary does not "rejoice in what is wrong but rejoices with the truth" (1 Cor 13:6). Mary, traditionally called "Mother of Good Hope," has hope for us, her children. We need not be doomed, if we but repent and love according to God's word. Let us follow the example of Mary and so many other living and triumphant saints and conquer the world by true love.

Prayer: Father, may I obey You and may my love be deeper and deeper as the months go by.
Promise: "There are in the end three things that last: faith, hope, and love, and the greatest of these is love." —1 Cor 13:13
Praise: Our Lady of Sorrows, like her Son, was perfected in God's love and mercy in and through her sufferings (Heb 5:8).
Nihil obstat: Reverend Richard L. Klug, January 16, 2004
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, January 26, 2004
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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