Bro. Resty Manansala Castillo
Mary is the perfect example of conformity to the will of God. An angel was sent to announce that she will be the Mother of God. A great joy came into her heart upon hearing this. However, sad news was also brought to her by Simeon, which pierced her heart. This is what we see in the image of Mary having seven swords that pierced her heart. These swords are symbols of the seven sorrows that Mary had experienced here on earth as she willing obey the will of God. The first sword that pierced Mary’s heart was when Simeon confirmed that her Son’s life would end up tragically because Jesus would be the stumbling block for many and the cause of the rise and fall of many in Israel. After this event, Mary will always carry this sorrow in her heart, knowing that her baby is going to suffer. Even though Jesus is just a little baby, his life was being sought by the people who wanted to kill the Messiah. Many innocent babies were murdered while evil men were looking for the newly born redeemer. Mary anguished deeply about their unjust death because of her Son.
In the movie, the Passion of the Christ there is a scene when Jesus is carrying the cross, and he meets his Mother. We imagine how Mary deeply sorrowed met her son Jesus who had already suffered wounds and mockery by people on the way of the cross. There is a beautiful reaction when he sees her mother. What does she look like? Mary sees Jesus. What does she see in the eyes of Jesus? And what does Jesus see in the eyes of his mother? What would they communicate with each other without words? I think love must have been expressed. The sorrow and the agony must have been extraordinary. And in the Cross, Mary suffered mystically with Jesus mystically. It was not only one heart that was pierced by the swords as Simeon prophesied, but two hearts were pierced by a lance on that day. Imagine that our Lady stands at the foot of the cross as her Son fulfills his mission. Indeed, Mary is the woman of Faith. She is the first to hear the gospel and the first to believe in Jesus. Mary stands at the foot of the cross precisely because she does believe that this is the fulfillment of what God had promised. Although Mary’s grief over the death of Jesus couldn’t be compared to any other griefs or sorrows, there is some joy mingled in her with grief. She also rejoices in her soul because she believes her Son’s promise that his victory over death will be accomplished by his resurrection.
Like Mary, our mother, the Church stands with her beneath the cross of Christ. The living faith of the Church in Christ and his saving deeds must pierce the darkness of the unbelief in today’s world. The Church stands beneath the cross of Christ as the light in the darkness.