Scripture Reading: John 19:25-27
Welcome to today’s devotional. Jesus and Mary are together again – at the beginning of His ministry in Cana and now at the end of His public ministry at the foot of the Cross. John is the only Evangelist to record Mary at the Cross. The Lord refers to His mother as woman at the Wedding Feast of Cana (John 2:1-11) and in this passage, recalling the woman in Genesis 3:15, the first Messianic prophecy of the Redeemer, and anticipating the woman clothed with the sun in Revelation 12. What sorrow must have filled Mary’s heart, seeing her Son mocked, tortured, and eventually crucified? Once again, a sword pierces Mary’s soul; reminding the world of the prediction of Simeon at the Temple (Luke 2:35).
About Mary, St. Gregory of Nazianzen says, “If anyone believes that Holy Mary is not the mother of God, (theotokos), he has no share in the divine inheritance. If anyone says that Christ passed through the virgin as through a tube but not formed in her in both a divine and human manner; divine without assistance of man, human in accordance with the law of pregnancies, he likewise is ungodly.”
Jesus rises above the occasion in spite of His devastating pain, and showed concern for His mother and the one that loves Him. The good son that He is, Jesus is concerned about taking care of His mother.
Brethren a lesson we must learn from this third gospel from the pulpit of the Cross is that ‘all must not be well’ before we can care or show love to those whom we love and also to persons around us. Children must learn to take care of their parents irrespective of their conditions. Even when Jesus’ condition, humanly speaking, seemed hopeless and uninviting, Jesus still recognized His mother. The care of our parents and the elderly by the younger ones must be part of our fundamental obligation of love as Christians.
Also, out of concern and love for her, Jesus presented His beloved disciple to Mary and with that act He offered the other disciples and the entire humanity to her. Jesus told John that Mary is a Mother to him and to all the disciples. A new bond is built and a new family is set up. From that moment on, Mary assumed the position of a Mother to the whole world. No wonder she willingly extends her love and care to as many as seek her intercession and continues in eternal intercession for all those who have gone astray. Hear this from a user of DSD, “I had an intention which was eating me up. One day I went the Blessed Mother Mary in prayer; requesting her to speak to her Son concerning my heart’s desires. After the prayers, I dozed off and behold saw our blessed mother whispering something into the ears of Jesus. When she was done, I heard “Her time is yet to come”. Is this not wonderful. Jesus Christ our Saviour did that for all mankind. We are therefore her children in her Son Jesus.
MASS: VIOLET Is 49:1-6; Ps 71:1-2.3-4a.5-6ab.15ab.17; (R. 15ab); Jn 13:21-33.36-38 Chrism Mass Is 61:1-3a. 6a. 8b-9; Ps 89:21-22; 25.27; Rev 1:5-8; Lk 4:16-21
- “Lord Jesus, even in the midst of Your sufferings on the Cross, You did not forget any one of us, and especially Your dear mother. While giving her a son to take care of her, You provided for each one of us a mother, who will understand our sufferings and pain. Today Jesus, the presence of Your mother at the cross engages my heart. Allow me to stand near Mary my mother, to console her and be consoled by her. Let me enter joyfully into this new family and remain close to her and experience her consoling love. Amen.”
- Take the Divine Mercy prayers at 3pm today.
- “Father please have mercy on children who torment their parents rather than loving and taking care of them in Jesus name. Amen.”
- I pray for the conversion of all who do not understand or appreciate Mary’s role in the salvation of the world. In Jesus name. Amen.
Exercise: Pray today for the grace to love and take care of your parents and other elderly people in Jesus name.
Meditation: Ephesians 6:1-3