Friday, April 6, 2012
Lent Day 39: GOOD FRIDAY The Twelfth & Thirteenth Stations
The body of Jesus is placed in the arms of his mother
Her tears run down her cheeks and she has none to comfort her. Is there any sorrow more sever that the loss of a child? It is without a doubt the greatest fear a parent ever has. It seems to be unnatural and unjust. I vividly remember when my grandfather died years ago. His elderly mother, my great-grand mother, was devastated. I remember when we went to the funeral home and she saw his dead body for the first time she kept hugging and kissing him and calling him her precious baby as she wailed with tears. We couldn’t pull her away from the casket. If she could have picked him up and held him in her arms she would have. She kept say why couldn’t god have taken her instead. She lived another five years, after his death, but I don’t think she ever fully accepted his death. There was a great void in her heart that she carried to the grave. Think about all the grieving Marys of our own time. Parents who experience infant deaths to SIDS, cancer and other fatal diseases; from drive by shootings and other forms of violence; from suicides; from drunk driving accidents; from war & terrorism; and especially the parents of Trayvon Martin. Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, have mercy upon us.