Posted by: frburke23 | September 14, 2014

Thought for September 15 – Our Lady of Sorrows

John 19:25-27

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother
and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,
and Mary Magdalene.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved
he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”
Then he said to the disciple,
“Behold, your mother.”
And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

Today the Church remembers Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows.  We remember the sorrows the pierced the heart of Mary, especially at the foot of the cross.  The Passion of the Christ did such an amazing job of depicting the anguish that Mary must have felt watching her Son being beaten, spat upon and crucified on the cross.  You parents can only imagine that loss she felt.

I don’t know why I never meditated on this line before, but the last line in the Gospel stuck with me today.  John took Mary into his home.  I began to imagine the conversations that Mary and John must have had regarding the Annunciation (conception of Jesus), their flight into Bethlehem, Jesus’ birth, Jesus’ childhood, His teachings, His healings, His life…    Even though John was the beloved apostle and spent a great deal of time with Jesus, he must have come to a deeper knowledge of our savior through Mary.

This can be true for us as well.  At the foot of the cross, John was given Mary as his mother and Mary was given John as her son.  John represents us all, beloved children of God.  Mary has become our spiritual mother and we are her beloved sons and daughters.  She wants to live in our hearts as well to teach us more about her Son.

That is what the rosary is all about.  We meditate on the mysteries of Jesus as we pray the beautiful prayer of the rosary.  Mary doesn’t want the attention, but she draws us ever more closer to her Son, Jesus the Lord.

Coming from a Protestant background I always had difficulty praying the rosary.  But now I have come to understand how Scriptural the rosary is.  It is meant for us to go deeply into the heart of Jesus with the aid of His mother, who knows Him better than anyone.

May we receive Mary into our homes and hearts as John did.  May we allow her to share with us the love of her Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  She suffered greatly watching her Son suffer and die, but she kept the faith throughout.  Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows, teaches us how to deal with suffering and pain.  May we never lose sight of Jesus during our suffering and trust that new life is on the way.

Have a blessed day!
Fr. Burke

Here is the Spanish translation:

Nuestra Señora – La Virgen de Los Dolores San Juan 19:25-27

Junto a la cruz de Jesús, estaba su madre

y la hermana de su madre, María, mujer de Cleofás, y María Magdalena.

Al ver a la madre y cerca de ella al discípulo a quien él amaba,

Jesús le dijo: “Mujer, aquí tienes a tu hijo”.

Luego dijo al discípulo: “Aquí tienes a tu madre”.

Y desde aquel momento, el discípulo la recibió en su casa.


Hoy la Iglesia recuerda a María, Nuestra Señora de los Dolores.  Recordamos los dolores que perforaron el corazón de María, especialmente al pie de la Cruz.  La pasión de Cristo hizo un trabajo asombroso al representar la angustia que María debió haber sentido al mirar a su hijo cuando lo golpeaban, lo escupían y lo crucificaron en la Cruz.  Ustedes, padres de familia, quizás puedan imaginarse la pérdida que ella sentía.

No sé porqué no e meditado antes sobre esta frase, pero el día de hoy , la última frase del Evangelio se me quedo. Juan recibió a María en su casa.  Comencé a imaginarme las conversaciones que María y Juan han de ver tenido sobre la Anunciación (concepción de Jesús), su salida hacia  Belén, el nacimiento de Jesús, la infancia de Jesús, Sus enseñanzas, Sus sanaciones, Su vida… A pesar de que Juan fue el Apóstol amado y pasó la gran parte de su tiempo con Jesús, él debe haber llegado a un conocimiento más profundo de nuestro Salvador, a través de María.

Para nosotros, esto puede ser verdad.  Al pie de la Cruz, se le entrego María a Juan como madre y Juan como su hijo.  Juan representa todos nosotros, los amados hijos de Dios.  María se ha convertido en nuestra madre espiritual y somos Sus amados hijas e hijos.  Ella quiere vivir en nuestros corazones, para enseñarnos más sobre su Hijo.

De esto se trata el rosario. Mientras rezamos la hermosa oración del Rosario, meditamos sobre los misterios de Jesús.  María no quiere la atención, pero ella nos acerca cada vez más a su Hijo, Jesús nuestro Señor.

Al venir de un antecedente Protestante, yo siempre e tenido dificultad con rezar el Rosario.  Pero ahora he llegado a comprender lo bíblico que es el Rosario.  Está diseñado para profundizarnos más en el corazón de Jesús, con la ayuda de Su madre, quien Lo conoce mejor que todos.

Ojala puédanos recibir a María en nuestros hogares y nuestros corazones tal como lo hizo Juan.  Ojala puédanos permitirla compartir con nosotros el amor de su Hijo, Jesucristo nuestro Señor.  Ella sufrió enormemente al mirar a su hijo sufrir y morir, pero dentro de todo eso, mantuvo la fe.  María, Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, nos enseña cómo lidiar con el  dolor y el sufrimiento. Ojala durante nuestro sufrimiento, nunca piérdanos de vista a Jesús y  confiar que una nueva vida está por venir.

¡Que tengas un buen día!

Padre Burke



  1. Since you were just in Mississippi, you may be interested to know that Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows is the patroness of the Diocese of Jackson.

    • I didn’t know that. Thanks for everything Kris during my trip to Tupelo. I loved being with y’all!

  2. Thank you for this. Tomorrow I am embarking on preparation for Total Consecration To Jesus through Mary, by way of ’33 Days to Morning Glory’ based on the book by Fr. Michael Gaitley MIC. It was good that you pointed out St. John’s probable conversations with Mary. I just heard, that Mary was likely one of the “witnesses still alive”, from whom St. Paul gets information about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. It looks like he was in Ephesus at the same time that John and Mary were.

  3. Fr. Burke,

    I really enjoy your writings. Excellent and a GREAT way to start the day…….For the longest time I couldn’t get them….some glitch in our email system. Cheri would forward them to me. Getting them daily now! Thank you-

    All going well here with the Yankees. Currently, I am in Tampa with our Instructional League program. Neat time as we have many of our top prospects here and many of our younger prospects for work outs.

    I am so proud of you. I do hope we get a chance to “catch up” soon. You are a SPECIAL person and I treasure our friendship!

    Thanks again …..take good care – Have a GREAT day!

    Coach Mac ________________________________

    • Coach Mac, great to hear from you! Yes at one time the emails weren’t working but they seem to be now.

      Do you still have the same cell number? I’d love to call you to catch up.


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