Thought of the Day April 17, 2019 Woman, behold your son

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Woman, behold your son.
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.”

Later, at the inauguration of Jesus’ public ministry, Mary informed Jesus that the couple was running out of wine for their wedding feast. His response was: “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servers, ‘Do whatever he tells you."

And finally, Mary is referred to as woman in the Book of Revelation as she completes her role on earth.  “A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.”

According to Pope Benedict XVI: Calling Mary, woman, “the name, which seemed so lacking in affection, actually expresses the grandeur of Mary's enduring mission.”

What an exchange the son of a fisherman in place of the Son of God. From that moment on, John takes care of Mary. Tradition says that eventually they moved from Jerusalem to Ephesus, until the death of Mary.

But there is a deeper spiritual meaning in this exchange. By God’s design Mary, the mother of the Savior, became the mother of the saved, our mother. We have been entrusted into her hands to be cared for and to accompany us on our spiritual journey back to the Father.

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