My Jesus, it was a great sorrow to realize Your pain caused Mary so much grief. As redeemer, You wanted her to share in Your pain for mankind. When You glanced at each other in unutterable suffering, what gave You both the courage to carry on without the least alleviation-without anger at such injustice?
It seems as if You desired to suffer every possible pain to give me an example on how to suffer when my time comes. What a humiliation for You when Your mother saw You in such a pitiable state-weak, helpless, at the mercy of sinful men; holiness exposed to evil in such hideousness.
Did every moment of that short encounter seem like an eternity? As I see so much suffering in the world, there are times I think it is all hopeless. There is an element of lethargy in my prayers for mankind that says, “I’ll pray, but what good will it do? The sick grow sicker and the hungry starve.”
I think of that glance between You and Mary-the glance that said, “Let Us give this misery to the Father for the salvation of souls. The Father’s power takes our pain and frustration and renews souls, saves them for a new life-a life of eternal joy, eternal happiness. It is worth it all.”
Give perseverance to the sick so they can carry the cross of frustration and agony with love and resignation for the salvation of others.