We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You. Because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

This particular moment during the Way of the Cross sparks up so many different emotions in the heart, especially because it portrays the perfect love between a mother and her child. A love that is very difficult to put into words.

This encounter reveals the great depth of this verse about the Mother of God: “As for Mary, she treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19) and so I felt a little push from Mother Mary to ponder this station more deeply.

It stirred my heart incredibly when I compared this encounter at Calvary with their previous encounter during the Wedding at Cana:

It was Mother Mary’s words of concern and love (“They have no wine”) which caused Jesus to start His public ministry at Cana. Then, on His Way to Calvary, it was Mother Mary’s loving gaze which would have spurred Him on to complete His mission.

At Cana, Jesus said to Mary, ‘Woman, what do you want from me? My hour has not come yet’; but now on the way to Calvary, Jesus looks into His Mother’s eyes and she now fully understands that His hour has come. At Cana, He changed water into wine; now He changes wine into His Blood which is poured out for the salvation of so many.

It was at Cana that Mary gave Jesus to the world, and it was at Calvary that Jesus gave Mary to the world. This perfect love between Mother and Son is so deep, it’s indescribable.

At this station, may we deeply experience these words of Jesus and Mary echoing in our hearts:
John 19:27 – “Then to the disciple He said, ‘This is your Mother.‘ And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.”
John 2:5 – “His Mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever He tells you.‘”

May we receive the gift of pondering and treasuring the Word of God (Luke 2:19) as we continue to reflect on the gracefilled encounter between the Blessed Mother and Her Divine Son.

Lord Jesus Crucified, have mercy on us.

Holy Mother, pierce me through;
in my heart each wound renew
of my Saviour crucified.

O, thou Mother, fount of love,
touch my spirit from above,
make my heart with thine accord.

Amen.

By Celine Bernadette.

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