Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Twelfth Station: Jesus Speaks to His Mother and the Disciple

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Jane Borg (No. 245)
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

This is the moment Jesus commended his mother to us all. Just as she had been Jesus’ mother, she is now to be ours.

Mary, the perfect mother. She nurtured her son into a man – she fed him, she washed him, she taught him, fixed his scrapes, she faced his challenges with him as he grew, listened to him as he shared his life, watched him develop in his trade with his earthly father, supported him as he explored his vocation, and loved him unconditionally.

Mary is now our mother as well. How often do we turn to her for help? How often do we reflect on her example and try to be just a little more loving, a little more nurturing, a little more faithful to what God is asking of us? I know I fall way short of this, both as a mother and as a disciple of Jesus.

Yes, Jesus entrusted Mary to us; but He also said to Mary “behold your son”. Just as we are to welcome Mary into our lives, she welcomes us into hers. What a blessing for us and how easily we can forget this blessing.

This Holy Week as we reflect on the passion of Jesus, let us not forget His mother, who would never have been far away from her son and who would have suffered greatly as she watched him suffer as she knew he must.

Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee. Blessed are you among women; and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God. Pray for us sinners; now and at the hour of our death. Amen