Praying the mysteries of the holy rosary helps us to reflect upon the gift of salvation in a profound way. My meditations recently have shifted because of the significance of the scene depicted above in the statue of Mary holding Jesus after He had been taken down from the cross. Each time I think about the annunciation and visitation now, my mind jumps ahead to this image. The joyful mysteries give way to the sorrowful.
As Mary said "yes" to the angel's request to be the mother of the Savior, she entered into a journey filled with joy as she so eloquently expressed in the visitation with Elizabeth. "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord. My spirit rejoices in God my Savior for He has looked with favor on His lowly servant." This joy would eventually meet extensive sorrow prior to experiencing immense glory.
Good Friday is a day of reflection, prayer, and hope. We know that Jesus has conquered even death itself. We give adoration, thanks, and praise to Almighty God for His great love towards us. We are blessed indeed.
My encouragement to you today is to also seek our Blessed Mother's intercession with her Son for your particular needs and desires. Each of us will experience brokenness and sorrow in some capacity. The words of Jesus from the cross should give us great comfort. "Behold, your mother." We have a mother who constantly directs us toward her Son, the Savior of the world. Regardless of the sufferings you are currently facing, our Blessed Mother will wrap her mantle of protection around you and lead you to her Son.
We are able to celebrate the resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday because of Good Friday. Remember, we each are instructed to take up our cross daily and follow Jesus. We have the strength to do this because we do not walk alone. Our Lord walks with us, and His yoke is easy and the burden is light.