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THE PARISH CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION
MIDDLESBROUGH
Sunday 25th February 2018 –  Lent 2
Parish Mass 9:15 am
Monday 26th February 2018 7:15 PM The Service of the Word
26th February 2018 7:45 PM Study Group
Wednesday 28th February 2018 9:15 AM
Thursday 1st March 2018 2:00 PM Study Group
Friday 2nd March 2018 10:00 AM Stations of the Cross
Sunday 4th March 2018 –  LENT 3
Parish Mass –  9:15 am

 

 

At the fourth Station of the Cross we think of Mary, the mother of Jesus. We can only imagine her suffering a she sees her son fall under the weight of the cross and is unable to help him. What thoughts must have gone through her mind as she tries to understand why this has to happen. Does she recall the message of the angel that God had chosen her to be the mother of the Messiah? She has seen him perform miracles and heard his teaching about God the Father. He has so much more to give yet his life is to be cut short before he can reach more people. Where are his friends when he needs them? Only John is there to support her and perhaps she leans on his arm.

Yet hadn’t there been a warning of pain? When Jesus was still a baby she had brought him with Joseph to the Temple as the custom demanded. The firstborn son in every family had to be presented and a thank offering made. Hadn’t the elderly Simeon spoken words of prophecy that Jesus was the ‘Light to lighten the Gentiles?’ How can that be now? But hadn’t he also said, ‘A sword shall pierce your own soul too?’ The sight of Jesus stumbling in pain on his way to crucifixion must have felt like a sword thrust. She needs every ounce of faith to believe God will bring good from this.

As we look at this Station we might think how we would feel if this condemned yet innocent man was my son, my brother, my husband. It’s his face I see bruised and bleeding, and it’s his back that bears the wounds of the beating. Anger? Terror? Maybe hysteria? We might think of all the mothers whose sons have died from illness, in war, in terrorist attacks, from accidents or from the result of racial hatred. Jesus carries not only the cross but our grief and sorrow and somehow, though we can’t fully understand, he redeems it.

Mary did not turn away from his suffering; she stood by him. We are asked to walk with her as we struggle to understand. We ask for her prayers.

                                        Marion

 

 

 

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