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Saturday, May 26, 2018

     “Then Mary, when she came where Jesus was and saw him, fell at his feet, saying to him, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled; and he said, ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said to him, ‘Lord, come and see.’ Jesus wept.” (Jn 11: 32-35) 

     On this Memorial Saturday preceding Pentecost, when we commemorate our departed, I am thinking about how the Lord shares our human grief over the death of a loved one, when we share it with Him. When Lazarus’s sister Mary fell before Him in tears, surrounded by friends who are also in tears, Jesus allowed Himself to be so “deeply moved in spirit and troubled” that He wept with them. He also allowed Him...

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Blessed are those who mourn (οἱ πενθοῦντες), for they shall be comforted.” (Mt 5: 4)

It is necessary to mourn, when one has suffered loss. But also – when someone else has suffered loss. I am called to mourn with them, rather than distance myself, because “I don’t know what to say.” This kind of distancing myself from another’s pain is self-centered, focused on my fear of “performing” inadequately in the face of someone else’s tragedy, - while it’s not about “me.” I just need to be there, mourning with the mourning, who also “don’t know what to say.”

Today I’m thinking about this because a good friend of mine, the wife of a priest, just lost her 21-year-old son. He was trying to fix an air-conditioner and fell out the window to his death. There is nothing to say. But there is much mourning...

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