An image of Mary with swords piercing her heart might no longer be adequate to portray our lady of sorrows for some young 21st-century Christians. It was, however, a wonderful painting and made a great representation of a mother who comprehends the pains and sorrows of medieval women. Historically speaking, it was a sign that the fathers of the Church, and more especially, the medieval Christians understood the Bible and its implication in Mary’s role in the salvation history.
- Yes, Simeon foretold that a sword would pierce her heart, but today, her heart continues to be pierced through thousands of Jesus who has no right to be born.
- Yes, Mary had to fly to Egypt with her infant, but she did not stop there. Today, she continues to cross the Mexican boundaries and embarks in fortune ships in the Mediterranean Sea.
- She did not stop at the loss of her infant at the Temple, as, today, she loses them at our borders and refugee camps.
- On the Road to Golgotha, Mary met Jesus and was afflicted, but today, many Mary are afflicted by their children sacrificed at the altar of police brutality and racism.
- Mary’s sorrow to see her son crucified has no comparison, but Mary continues to see her sons electrocuted, and hung in many of our capitals.
- Yes, it was truly painful to witness her son’s side pierced, but today, many Mary see their children shot point-blank live on camera.
- And sorrowful was Mary’s pain to see the only son buried, but many Mary, today have no idea of where their sons are secretly discarded. They have no right to even a borrowed grave.