Celebrating Mary’s Suffering? – Sep 15 – Homily – Fr Matthias

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Fr Matthias gives the homily at Bloomington, IN, on Sep 15, 2023, feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, on Mary's embrace of suffering, offered to God, had co-redemptive value, revealing that surrendering to God's will lead to spiritual growth and union.

On the Feast of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady, we contemplate how Our Lady's sufferings, which she embraced and offered to God, had co-redemptive value, contributing to our redemption (Benedict XV, John Paul II). She lost to gain, as Jesus taught, finding everything in God when we surrender our sufferings to Him. To celebrate suffering, we must accept it and offer it to God, as Our Lady did. Suffering, seen in this Marian light, becomes a path to spiritual growth and union with God.

00:00 - Introduction
00:27 - Why celebrate Our Lady's sufferings?
01:18 - Our Lady embraced and offered her sufferings
02:03 - Her sufferings were co-redemptive
03:09 - She had to accept them to offer them
03:53 - Active losing leads to finding
04:22 - Our Lady lost her Son but gained more
05:13 - We must accept sufferings to offer them
05:49 - When offered to God, nothing is ever lost

Ave Maria!

Mass: Our Lady of Sorrows (Lk 2) - Feast - http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14151b.htm
1st: heb 5:7-9
Resp: psa 31:2-6, 15-16, 20
Gsp: luk 2:33-35

More on the Readings: https://airmaria.com/r?m=1228

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