THE MOTHER'S JOY

 

 




Since, dear brethren, we have recently considered the most bitter and severe sufferings of the Virgin Mother because of the passion and death of her Son, it is only right that we now turn our attention to her joys because of her son's Resurrection from the dead. She hoped for light after the darkness; she hoped for a pleasing spring after the horrible winter had passed; she must have kept in her heart the words of the Psalmist, "Sorrow is but a guest of the night and joy comes in the morning," (Ps. 29:6) or "amid all the throning cares that fill my heart, my soul finds comfort in thy consolation." (Ps. 93:19) "Insofar as the sufferings of Christ abound in us," wrote St. Paul "so will our consolations abound through Christ." (II Corinthians 1:5)

And just as Jacob rejoiced at the news of his favorite son, who could ever try to imagine what happiness and bliss the Virgin enjoyed at the glorious and immortal Resurrection of her son, when He appeared to her in that same glory which He had shown to His chosen disciples? ...

What then did the Virgin feel? What kind of rejoicing was hers? What happiness did she experience because of Christ's Resurrection? If the disciples rejoiced at the sight of the Lord, how much more did the mother rejoice at the sight of her most cherished Son? If she had been so happy at His conception, when she conceived a mortal person subject to many pains, as to say, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior" (Luke 1:45), how much happier was she when He received immortality and blessedness?


 

 


 

Surely, she had the right to cry out with Anna, the mother of Samuel, "My heart thrills with joy in the Lord, and I lift up my head in my God. My mouth is bold against my enemies because I am happy in my salvation!" (I Kings 2:1) O immortal God, how great and how wonderful is the reason for this joy! "This is the day which the Lord has made," sings the chorus of saints; "let us rejoice and be happy during it." (Ps. 117:15)

Now the homes of the just echo with glad cries of victory." (Ps. 117:15) Yet, what was the cry of happiness and victory in the heart of the most holy mother? If the Jews saw a new light dawning, bringing rays of joy, honor, and a favorable sign to Mardochai and Esther after the execution of the wicked Aman ... imagine what light the Virgin must have seen on this day in the great glory and exaltation of her Son, when, after He had conquered and triumphed over hell, overcome death, and, crushing Satan in battle, He appeared to her clothed with the sun and wearing a crown of stars.

 

 

 

Final Prayer

 

... Mary rejoiced in the conception of Christ, she thrilled with joy at His birth, and when she heard "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace of men of good will" (Luke 2:13-14), the hymn echoed throughout the countryside by a chorus of angels. Mary was enraptured when the Magi came in adoration, and when she found Jesus in the temple; and she was even more joyous when she heard of and saw the great number and variety of miracles which He was working.
Her joy grew more profound as she saw Him ascend into heaven, His seat of glory, accompanied by the angels. But on this day, she was filled with a happiness greater than all of these, greater than can ever be told. Just like the man who found the great treasure in his field, in a unimaginable manner Mary found an infinite glorious treasure in the Resurrection of her son, Jesus Christ....
We pray with the Church

 

Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks.
At the resurrection of your Anointed One
you filled the heart of the Blessed Virgin
with joy beyond all telling
and wonderfully exalted her faith.

For it was in faith
that she conceived your Son,
It was in faith
that she awaited his resurrection.

In the strength of faith
she waited for that day of light and life
when the night of death would be ended,
the whole world would exult,
and the infant Church tremble with joy
at seeing again its immortal Lord.

Through him the angels of heaven
offer their prayer of adoration
as they rejoice in your presence for ever...

 

[Preface of the Mass, The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Resurrection of the Lord]

 

 

 

 





 

 

 

 

 

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