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Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Opinion -

ast Fri­day Sept. 15 we cel­e­brated the Feast of Mary, the Vir­gin of Sor­rows.

The Gospel of John 19: 25-27 says: Near the cross of Je­sus stood his mother, his mother’s sis­ter Mary, who was the wife of Cleophas, and Mary of Mag­dala. When Je­sus saw the mother, and the dis­ci­ple whom he loved, he said to the mother, “Woman, this is your son.” Then he said to the dis­ci­ple, “There is your mother.”And from that mo­ment the dis­ci­ple took her to his home.

At the mo­ment of Man’s fall, Eve was with Adam. Now, at the mo­ment of restora­tion, that is, the sec­ond creation, an­other woman is with the son of Man (the Hu­man One), the sec­ond Adam. Mary has nei­ther spouse nor son who can re­ceive her and, for the Jews, a woman who re­mains alone would be con­sid­ered cursed. Je­sus en­trusts Mary to John and, also, John to Mary. John tes­ti­fies hav­ing heard both phrases. No­tice that he writes: Je­sus said to the Mother, and not, to his mother. This is a new sym­bolic ges­ture of Je­sus. Mary will be the Mother of believ­ers.

Through this last deed of Je­sus, the Church dis­cov­ered some­thing about the mys­tery of the Chris­tian life. The be­liever is a mem­ber of a spir­i­tual fam­ily. As a child needs a fa­ther and a mother to grow nor­mally so, too, does the be­liever need Mary and the heav­enly Fa­ther. This is an un­chang­ing doc­trine of the Church, which in no way at­tempts to make the crea­ture equal with the Cre­ator.

Not with­out rea­son has God given us a mother: if it is a mis­for­tune for a child not to have known a mother, it is also a mis­for­tune for a be­liever when his re­li­gion only ex­presses it­self in mas­cu­line terms. The be­liever who wel­comes Mary to his home as did John is nei­ther a fa­natic nor a quib­bler re­gard­ing faith. There ex­ists a form of hu­mil­ity, joy, in­te­rior peace and sim­ple piety char­ac­ter­is­tic of those Catholics who have known how to open their doors to Mary.

In v.28 Je­sus says “I am thirsty”, Je­sus is tor­tured by thirst. He also thirsts that the king­dom of his Fa­ther be re­al­ized in the world. He thirsts for self­less love from those who may share his deep­est thoughts and be will­ing to fol­low him un­til Cal­vary.

It is ac­com­plished. Je­sus drank the cup of sor­row and hu­mil­i­a­tion to the last drop. The Fa­ther had placed it in his hands as the means for be­com­ing the Sav­ior we need. The Work of the Son of God made flesh, which should be noth­ing less than a new creation of the world, is ac­com­plished. The earthly ex­is­tence of the Son of God come to an end, and from the seed planted in the earth will come forth the New Crea­ture.

The prepara­tory times of the Jewish re­li­gion, in which the Law oc­cu­pied first place and the fear due to un­for­given sins was never lost, are fin­ished. A stage of his­tory has ended, in which the rest of hu­man­ity had been dragged by its fears and ac­cep­tance of its deadly fate, which was a form of its slav­ery to the Evil Spirit.

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