I watch the live Mass on EWTN every morning.
Today is the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, so the choir sang
the Sequence, “Stabat Mater”.
“At the Cross, her station keeping,
Stood the mournful Mother, weeping”
I love that hymn, but I do not agree with the second line.
I don’t believe for one minute that Mary was weeping as she stood there.
Yes, she suffered as only a mother watching her child in pain can suffer.
She had perfect faith that Jesus would rise from the dead, but that did not lessen her heartache…. and no heart has ever ached, or ever will ache, as intensely as Mary’s did for the suffering Jesus was then undergoing
Yet she did not weep. She stood there with strength and courage, supported, it is true, by John, the Beloved Disciple.
Bur John’s support, grateful as she must have been for it, could not ease the pain, the deep ache, in her heart.
Only tears would have brought her some relief.
Yet Mary shed no tears as she stood gazing upon Jesus on the Cross.
Tears would have relieved her suffering, but added to His.
And Mary, loving Mother, would not increase His pain by her tears.