The first contemplation of the fourth week of the exercises invites us to contemplate Jesus appearing to Mary. I wrote about this contemplation for today’s dotMagis post.
Ignatius invites us to contemplate the interaction between Mary and her beloved son, who she watched die on the cross. What would the dialogue sound like?“Woman, why are you crying?”“I thought I had lost you.”“I am here. I am here. I am risen, Mom. I am risen.”“You are here, Son.”
Being a mom, I cannot even imagine the depth of joy Mary felt at seeing her son again. I have no doubt that her heart burst with joy and that she was radiant with love and hope. Can you imagine the depth of her consolation in that moment?
But what does Mary’s experience have to do with our lives? EVERYTHING!