Mary, the Mother of God, also prays with us for our beloved ones who have left the faith. It was she who carried Jesus to the world, who gave birth to Him, loved Him, raised Him, brought Him to us in such a concrete way. She will help us to do the same: to carry Jesus in our hearts and lives, to bring Him to the world around us, to love Him, and show us how to bring our strayed loved ones back to His loving merciful grace.
I ponder her life, her carrying out of God’s will for her. I read Scripture and study the meaning of what is said about her there. As I paint, I ask her to join me in prayer, lifting up my sons and friends, to the Lord, asking for their conversion of heart. I think about the meaning of some of her various titles: Blessed among women, Theotokos/The God Bearer, Mary, the handmaid of the Lord, the Mother of God. Mother.
Woman behold your son. Son, behold your mother. So much more is being said here than Jesus pausing to have a sentimental, or practical moment, while dying on the cross. So much more is being told to us about this woman, who is watching her boy die.
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Pray for us, that the Lord may lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of His mercy.
Pray for our children, that their hearts might turn again to Jesus. Guide us, that we might say the words that will open their hearts to the love and mercy of our God.