This image resonates especially strongly for me now...as Mary cradled the body of He who was both her son and her Lord, so in these days we, the Church, do the same for the man who was a once the Church's most beloved son and the pastoral father of all her people.
Yet, reflecting on this is just another reminder of the magnificent love and mercy of God, our Creator and Lord who chose to make each of us to be His child, and all of us His bride.
"See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
Beloved, we are God's children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is."
- 1 John 3:1-2