The culmination of the Lenten season has taken place with the celebration of Holy Week and Easter weekend. The heartfelt gaze of the Mystical Body of Christ has been fixated on our Lord’s glorious entrance into Jerusalem, the institution of the priesthood and the holy Eucharist at the Last Supper, the Passion of our Lord, the painful weight of the Cross, and Christ’s glorious Resurrection. Our eyes are rightfully on Him and our hearts yearn for rest in Christ. The shedding of tears recognizes the bitterness of sin, the sting of death, and the triumph of Christ over both; for it was the self-giving of our Lord, the new Adam, ushering in the renewal of the world and the salvation of souls.
The burden Jesus took upon himself is unimaginable for the finite and fallen mind to fully grasp. The heartache Christ felt was immeasurable, and yet, he moved forward in obedience to the will of God the Father. And while the suffering of Christ was immense, it was his willingness to suffer and die which opened gates of God’s salvific grace.
The one true intercessor between God and man freely endured the full weight of our fallen nature, and while the perfect God-man suffered, another participated in the misery – the Blessed Mother of God, the Immaculate Mary.
Consider the presentation of our Lord in the Gospel of Luke, 2:22-35 (emphasis added):
And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
“Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace,
according to thy word;
for mine eyes have seen thy salvation
which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to thy people Israel.”
And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother,
“Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel,
and for a sign that is spoken against
(and a sword will pierce through your own soul also),
that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.”
The Blessed Mother witnessed her son, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, brutally scourged, spat on, mocked, beaten, condemned to death, and nailed to a cross. Our Mother Mary suffered in such a way that it felt as if a sword had pierced through her soul. Yet, as the new Eve, she to acquiesced to the will of God.
Holy Week and Easter weekend is a time of renewal, brought forth by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Renew your life around Him.
In addition to this, call upon the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth, the Immaculate intercessor between man and Christ, to show you the blessed fruit of her womb Jesus.
– Lucas G. Westman