Today on this feast a small detail from the Gospel struck me. John mentions that some women stood by the cross, Mary the mother of Jesus, her sister, Mary the wife of Clopas and Mary Magdalene. It's not clear if there were 3 or 4 women (was Mary's sister the same as Mary the wife of Clopas?). In any case, the three women who were named all have the same name: Mary.
This feast brings us again to ponder the paschal mystery, the mystery of the cross that leads to resurrection. I've been thinking more lately about the spiritual exercises I made last January. St. Ignatius was very wise in the way he put them together. Week 3 is about the cross, but week 2 is all about falling in love with Jesus. It's hard to go to the cross if we don't really know Jesus very well. But when we allow him to draw us into a deeper relationship with him, we can naturally fall in love with him. Then the mystery of the cross isn't so hard, because it's all about someone we love. It's like parents who stay up with a sick child--they don't even think of their lack of sleep, etc., because they love the child so much.