Thought of the Day April 12, 2019 Behold, your mother

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Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. John 19:25-27

John Paul II: “This is his bequest to those dearest to his heart. “It is His legacy to the Church. The desire of Jesus as he dies is that the maternal love of Mary should embrace all those for whom he is giving his life, the whole of humanity.”
Pope Francis: Woman, here is your son! …” (Jn 19:26). But it is his mother, Mary, who stood with John at the foot of the cross, who dispels all fear. She fills that scene with tenderness and hope. Jesus no longer feels alone. So it is with us, if beside our bed of pain there is someone who loves us! Faithfully. To the end.
The key word is relationship.

Mary, the mother of Jesus had followed Jesus in his journey. Was it possible she was there when Pilate condemned him? Tradition tells us that she had an encounter with him on the Via Dolorosa. He had just fallen under the weight of the cross. Did she reached out to him at that moment? Was her gaze and present comforting to him?

Now, she, John and a few other women are the only ones standing watch with him as he suffers the cruel death of a criminal, even though he was innocent and sinless.  Mary, the mother, would not let the terror of crucifixion, the taunts of the soldiers keep her away from the cross of her dying son.

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