The next mystery in our series is one of the Hidden Mysteries (or Genesian Mysteries).
It comes between the Crucifixion, which we prayed on Day 33, and the Resurrection, which we will pray on Day 37.
It is Mary holding the body of the dead Jesus in her arms.
Think of that moment. God is dead. Not in the way Nietzsche and the materialists like to claim. They're just playing around with a world without a father. But literally dead. Hope had vanished, all was lost.
And in this moment of most abject suffering, the nadir, the low point of all of history - the black hole of the universe - a few loyal friends cared for His dead body, as did his Mother.
Love prevailed, even in that darkest of days.
Think, too, of Mary, the bearer of Christ. She was the bearer of Christ in her womb, bringing joy and life to Elizabeth and others; and she was the bearer of the dead Christ, brought down from the cross, bearing Him at the worst moment in all of creation, bearing Him back to a cave like the cave in which He was born, only this one was a tomb. Think of this awful moment, made beautiful by her ongoing love, which outlasted any reason to be loving.
We are told that Mary "treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart." (Luke 2:19) And "all these things" are the great mixture of sorrow, joy and awe that Our Lord brought to her.
But it is this treasuring of things in the heart (for "where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" - Mat. 6:21), this holding of things in the womb of her soul, as they germinate and take root - even the horrible things, such as the body of her dead son - it is this motherly pondering and quiet loving care that we all should emulate, for doing so would make us as spiritually fertile as she was - and is.
Let us pray a decade of the Rosary meditating upon the Pieta.
And let us pray ...
To you, Immaculate Heart of Mary, we consecrate ourselves – our hearts, minds, wills and lives and all those works we undertake so they may be for the glory of God, for the sake of the Gospel and the salvation of souls. Holy Mother, our Queen and our Joy, give to our hearts the dimensions of yours and form us in the image of your beloved Son.