I MEET MY SORROWFUL MOTHER
The statue you're seeing now is the Fourth station of the cross, "I Meet My Sorrowful Mother," you are witnessing a deeply moving and poignant moment in the journey of Jesus to Calvary. This station portrays the heart-rending encounter between Jesus and His Blessed Mother, Mary, as they cross paths along the painful path to His crucifixion.
In this station, you are called to reflect on the profound love and connection between Jesus and Mary. As a mother, Mary bears the weight of unimaginable sorrow as she witnesses her beloved Son's suffering and impending death. Despite her own agony, she stands by Jesus, exemplifying the epitome of maternal love and self-sacrifice.
The station of the cross also illuminates the theme of Unconditional Motherly Love, portraying Mother Mary's boundless devotion to Jesus amidst immense pain and heartbreak. Her presence exemplifies her unwavering commitment to Jesus and her integral role in God's divine plan. This station also reveals the empathy and humanity of Jesus, as He deeply understands and acknowledges His mother's anguish despite His own suffering.
The Intersection of Divine and Human Suffering At this station, the divine and human aspects of Jesus converge. He is both the Son of God and a son of a mother, allowing for a powerful representation of the interconnectedness of divine salvation and human experience.
This Station of the cross also highlights the profound significance of a mother's presence in times of suffering. Through the encounter between Jesus and Mary, the station showcases the unwavering support and loving comfort that a mother can offer her child in moments of distress. This encounter invites pilgrims to reflect on the depth of love and sacrifice demonstrated by Jesus and Mary, emphasizing the role of maternal love in the human experience. As pilgrims continue their journey, this station inspires a deeper appreciation for the bond between Jesus and Mary, encouraging them to embrace love and self-sacrifice in their own life's journey.
Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Response: Because, by Your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.
Leader: Consider how the Son met his Mother on His way to Calvary. Jesus and Mary gazed at each other, and their looks became as so many arrows to wound those hearts which loved each other so tenderly.
Response : My most loving Jesus, by the pain You suffered in this meeting grant me the grace of being truly devoted to Your most holy Mother. And You, my Queen, who was overwhelmed with sorrow, obtain for me by Your prayers a tender and a lasting remembrance of the passion of Your divine Son. I love You, Jesus, my Love, above all things. I repent of ever having offended You. Never allow me to offend You again. Grant that I may love You always; and then do with me as You will.