Thought of the Day April 16, 2019 Mary, our mother, at the cross

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Mary at the cross
Even though Jesus is struggling to stay alive as he hangs from the cross, he still is thinking of others. First, he forgives those who caused this. Second, he shows mercy and love to fellow crucified companion. Now, he desires to provide for his own Mother. She is probably a widow, since the last we heard of Joseph was when Jesus was twelve. The presumption is Joseph has died.

Since Jesus was the only child of Mary, he was legally bound to care for his mother’s needs. When he dies, she will be totally bereft of any support and care. To make sure she is taken care of, Jesus hands her over to the care of John the Apostle and John to her.  “Jesus said to his mother: ‘Woman, this is your son.’ Then he said to the disciple: ‘This is your mother.’"  What an honor to John to be given the Mother of the Master to provide and care for!

Someone has said that “this shows Jesus' humanity and the depth of love he had for his mother and the disciple into whose care he entrusted her."

At first, it seems that Jesus was not showing much affection for Mary by calling her woman, rather than mother. But the term was deliberately chosen by Jesus to connect Mary to the mystery of salvation.  In the Garden of Eden, after the fall of Adam and Eve, God promised to send a Savior to restore human beings back to a relationship with God. Addressing Satan, God said:  I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel.”

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