To keep my pious resolution, I am posting my Friday thought on the suffering and death of Jesus, but since today is associated with Mary in a special way (being the anniversary of a significant apparition at Fatima, and also the 50th anniversary of an officially recognized apparition of Our Lady in Cleveland), I chose a reflection on Mary's participation in the mystery of our salvation. It is from Richard John Neuhaus, Death on a Friday Afternoon:
"Weeping at the cross, Mary is both the mother of sorrows and the mother of hope. The resurrection glory is discerned in the way that Christ dies. Now the reason for the whole drama becomes clear in the Son's unqualified obedience to the Father, even to death, and the Father's promise to glorify the Son.... The other disciples discovered the resurrection glory at the dawn of the third day. Mary had already discovered the glory in the cross."