第四處 耶穌遇見悲傷的母親

西默盎祝福了他們,又向衪的母親瑪利亞說:「看,這孩子已被立定,為使以色列中許多人跌倒和復起,並成為反對的記號──至於妳,要有一把利劍刺透妳的心靈──為叫許​​多人心中的思念顯露出來。」衪就同他們下去,來到納匝肋,屬他們管轄。衪的母親把一切默存在心中。

路加福音 2:34-35, 51b

「基督,我們欽祟祢,讚美祢,因為藉著這聖架,祢救贖了普世。」

我設法衝破了人群,跟著我兒子身旁走。
在人群高喊聲中,我向祂呼叫。
祂停下來。
我們的目光相遇了,
我的眼睛充滿悲傷的淚,
祂的眼睛充滿苦痛、迷惘。
我是多麼無助啊。
隨後祂的眼神向我說:
「鼓起勇氣!成全這事是有一定意義的。」
祂繼續跌跌撞撞地走,
我知道祂是對的。
所以,我尾隨著祂,默默地祈禱。

主耶穌,
寬恕我很多次我們的目光相遇了,我都轉臉避開。
寬恕我事情不合我意時,我四處告訴別人。
寬恕我為了小小的不方便而悶悶不樂。
寬恕我不理會祢鼓勵我提起勇氣,
反而意志消沉下來。
是的,主,
我們的目光曾多次相遇,
但我卻無動於中。

更深認識

With Christ in His Suffering

Sister Emmerich relates how Mary and John stood at an entranceway along the street where Jesus was to pass by. They saw Him “almost sinking under the heavy weight of his cross…his head, still crowned with thorns, was drooping in agony on his shoulder. He cast a look of compassion and sorrow upon his Mother, staggered, and fell for the second time upon his hands and knees. Mary was perfectly agonized at this sight; she forgot all else; she saw neither soldiers nor executioners; she saw nothing but her dearly-loved Son; and, springing from the doorway into the midst of the group who were insulting and abusing him, she threw herself on her knees by his side and embraced him…

Christ Himself gave the following poignant account of this heartrending encounter to Sister Josefa Menendez, a Spanish nun in the 1920’s. He invited her to picture this scene: “Come a little further with Me…There you will see My blessed Mother, who heart is pierced with grief. She comes to meet Me, and that for two reasons: that seeing Me, her God, she may have fortitude to endure, and then to give Me, her Son, courage to carry on and complete the work of Redemption helped by the sight of her heroism. Consider the martyrdom of these two hearts. What does this Mother love more than her Son?…And far from being able to help Him, she knows that the sight of her anguish increases His. And I, what do I love more than My Mother? Not only can I offer her no comfort, but I know that the terrible plight in which she sees Me pierces her heart with a sorrow like My own; for if I suffer death in the body, she suffers death in her heart. See those eyes fixed on Mine, as Mine, dulled and blinded with blood are fixed on hers! No word is spoken, but what a world of intercourse our two hearts exchange in one heartrending glance…”

[Sr. Anne Catherine Emmerich, Sr. Menendez as published in OurCatholicPrayers.com]

The Mother

During his public life she had had to step aside, to make space for the birth of Jesus’ new family, the family of his disciples. She had also had to hear his words: “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?… Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven, he is my brother and sister and mother” (Mt 12:48-50).

Now we see that she is the Mother of Jesus, not only in her body, but in her heart. Before even she had conceived him in her body, she conceived him in her heart, thanks to her obedience. She had been told: “Behold, you are to conceive a son … He will be great … the Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David” (Lk 1:31). Yet, shortly after, she had heard from the mouth of the elderly Simeon other words: “A sword will pierce your own soul too” (Lk 2:35). She then recalled the words of the prophets, words like these: “Harshly dealt with, he bore it humbly, he never opened his mouth; like a lamb that is led to slaughter” (Is 54:7).

Now all this becomes reality. In her heart she had always guarded the words the angel had spoken to her when it had all begun: “Do not be afraid, Mary” (Lk 1:30). The disciples fled, she did not flee. She stayed there, with the courage of a mother, with the fidelity of a mother, with the goodness of a mother, and with her faith, which resisted in the obscurity: “Blessed is she who believed” (Lk 1:45). “But the Son of Man, when he comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Lk 18:8). Yes, in that moment Jesus knew: he will find faith. In that hour, this is his great consolation.

[Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Via Crucis, Totus Tuus, 2005]