The more years I live, the more I find myself relating to Mary. I know that she experienced all of the joys and sorrows we do: frustration, fear, love, worry, and especially what we celebrate today, sorrow. She was the one who rejoiced at the birth of her son and took pride in what he became as he grew. But she also worried about him as his ministry brought him to confrontation with the religious leaders, and she wept at the foot of the Cross.
The Sequence today sings of her sadness:
At the cross her station keeping,
Stood the mournful Mother weeping,
Close to Jesus to the last.
And so today, and any day when we experience sorrow, we know that we have an advocate in Mary, who experienced our sorrows, but was raised up beyond them in the joy of the Resurrection.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.