I think that being a mother transcends religious affiliation here. We can all feel Mary's anguish. Who of us did not rush to 'make it all better' for our children whenever we could? Who of us did not pray this prayer ~ "Please, God, let it be me instead. Let me be the sick one, let me be the one in pain, not my child, Dear Lord, please not my baby."?
I remember a nun once saying that Mary was so privileged to have been chosen by God to be the mother of His Son, and she also said that she thought that it must have been a solace to Mary during the Passion to know that this was the reason her Son was sent here to earth, and that she too was now fulfilling God's Plan for her and for all mankind, and what an honor it was for her to be such a big part of God's Plan.
Well, I do agree that it was a privilege that Mary was chosen by God, and I agree that it was an honor to have such an active part in God's Plan for mankind, but I also think there was a great burden that she carried seeing first hand the Suffering that God's Plan entailed for her Son. Also, I do not think there is any solace to be found in the fact that Mary was not able to pray the prayer that all mother's pray for their children, there can be no consolation in knowing that no amount of pleading would change God's Great Plan.
For Mary to not be able to take this suffering from her Holy Child, to have nothing of comfort to offer Jesus, no way to ease His pain, well, the trauma to her own soul must have been overwhelming, her heart must have been in shreds.
I never thought that anyone contemplating on Mary's pain was taking anything away from the Sacrifice of her Son, just as I think that contemplating on the Passion of Christ and all He Suffered for us takes nothing away from His Glorious Resurrection.
There are many times in my own sorrows as a mother that I take comfort knowing Mary understands my pain.
Yea, a sword shall pierce your own soul also, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed ~ Luke 2:35
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