Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Mag’dalene. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, 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 to his own home.
Thought for the Day: All she could do was love.
As parents, we see our children through their times as babies, toddlers, children, and teenagers. We pray for our children and promise to protect them, to hold them, and to love them through everything. When our children hurt, we hurt for them and want to take away any hurt and pain. I know Mary prayed for Jesus and gave him the same assurances as we do as parents today. On Good Friday, Mary couldn’t do anything about the pain and suffering Jesus endured as He went through the trial, persecution, and suffering on the cross. She could not hold him and keep him from that harm. All she could do on that day was to love him as he hung on the cross and as her heart broke for him, the son she brought into this world in a manger, raised through the toddler years, early childhood years, and teenage years. She then witnessed him as he called His disciples and showed His ministry to the world. She loved him – she was his mother.
There is a beautiful song, “Pieta”, from the cantata, “The Power of the Cross” by Mark Hayes. This piece so clearly shows the agony Mary experienced as Jesus went through his suffering on that day. The more I have listened to the piece, the more I have visualized Mary as she followed Jesus through the day and then to the cross. She could do nothing but to follow him holding on to the only promise she could fulfill, to love Him.
Prayer: Our most gracious Father, how difficult it must have been for you to send your son, Jesus Christ, to earth knowing that he would be sacrificed for our sins in such a terrible and painful way. But you loved the world so much that You sent him, that whoever believed in Him would have eternal life. Thank you. Amen.
Prayer Focus: MOTHERS LOVE