Her Name is So Sweet
A name so sweet, so loveable, so mighty.
~ Luke 6-18
Today is the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary, she who is full of God’s grace and yet lived a life full of pain, full of sorrow. And yet, it is because of such that she was the one person who truly shared Christ’s cross, by witnessing his passion and death despite the sword that pierced through her heart by doing so.
Her strength of character and her love for everyone, forgiving all who crucified her son as he forgave them for they did not know what they were doing — earned her the title of Our Mother that Jesus bestowed upon her.
Jesus didn’t spare her from suffering, because of his great love for her. He wanted her to be united with him, in his pain, in his passion, to share his cross.
Christ loves us so much that he wants us to share his cross, too. For it is in suffering that we appreciate what it is to rejoice, to be happy. As Fr. Frank Garcia said in the recollection I attended this morning, “A life without suffering would be a boring one.” Thus, with the little crosses that we choose to carry, we become closer to God.
So today, on Feast of the Sweet Name of Mary, my personal feast day as I was born on this day and christened Maria Dulce (Spanish for sweet), I commit myself to strive to be more like Mary and share the cross of Jesus, to embrace whatever sufferings that may come my way.