Have you ever imagined what the Passion and death of Jesus looked like from Mary’s perspective? I had the opportunity a couple years back to attend a Stations of the Cross, using a booklet that presented each station through the eyes of Mary. It was an extremely powerful experience. (I’ve included a link to the Little Sisters of the Poor. Get a free download for yourself).
Lent, Through the Eyes of Mary
Talk about feeling helpless! Mary could only watch as the most horrific things were done to her Son. She saw Jesus bruised and bleeding, and like any good mother, she wanted to address His wounds. Yet, she could do nothing. Mary heard the crowd speak against Jesus, and she wanted to defend Him. Yet, she could do nothing. Her love for Jesus was so great, that she wanted to spare Him the pain, by carrying the cross herself. Yet, she could do nothing.
How often have we seen loved ones suffer, and sometimes die, and we, too, felt helpless, like Mary? Mary understands our pain, because she felt it, too. She understands our grief, because she felt it, too. Mary understands what it means to go through difficult times, because she did as well.
If I learned anything, by walking the Stations of the Cross, with Mary, I learned that she understands my suffering and pain, because she experienced even greater tragedies than I did. Like me, she was fully human and did not see the future, but she trusted in God. Mary knew that all the suffering and pain experienced by Jesus was the will of the Father, because Jesus said as much. She trusted in her Son. By walking the Stations of the Cross, and experiencing them through Mary’s eyes, she has proven to me that I, too, can trust in her Son.
If you could only do one thing this Lent, to bring you closer to Jesus, then do the Stations of the Cross and experience it through the eyes of Mary.
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