Behold Your Son: Behold Your Mother

John 19:26-27: Jesus said, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.”

This saying is traditionally called ‘The Word of Relationship’, in it Jesus entrusts the care of his mother to the “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” This shows us how much Jesus cared for the people around him and for relationships in general. He wants people to be cared for and to be in healthy relationships. One commentary says, “Even while dying on the cross, Jesus was concerned about his family. He instructed John to care for Mary, Jesus’ mother. Our families are precious gifts from God, and we should value and care for them under all circumstances. Neither Christian work nor key responsibilities in any job or position excuse us from caring for our families.”

Families are very important. I would do anything for my family, even though there are times when I disagree with them. They are still my home base. In fact, this past weekend my mom suffered a bad toothache, it swelled up, and the side of her face was puffy and reddened. She woke me early Sunday morning worried, I phoned a nurse at the ER, but they couldn’t do anything about it and she had to wait until Monday morning when she could get into see a dentist. I took the day off from school, so that she could get into a dentist. I have a handicap brother who needs to be watched constantly, so I stayed with him while my brother and Dad took Mom to the dentist. I did this for my Mom because I was worried about her state and wanted her to get the proper care.

As I write this, she is resting. The dentist removed her wisdom tooth, which was the culprit of her suffering. She should be fine after a few days. I pray that no more health problems will trouble her, but I do know that she is getting older and there will come a time that her spirit will be commended into the hands of God.

Take a moment and remember what you have done for your family and how you can help your family this day. Think of all the times you were there for your siblings, your parents, your children and think of all the times that your family came to your aide. Our lives are punctuated by times with and without family. Our families define who we and we will be. Our families give us both great joy and sadness.

Jesus cares about our families and wants our family life to be one of joy, love, hope, and compassion. He shows us how to live a fully human life and what it means to be a loving, faithful human being. From His birth and His death and resurrection, Jesus shows us what a truly and fully human life looks like and calls us to lead the same kind of life. These last words from the cross hints at ways of being fully human  and we study them and the rest of the gospels to learn more and more what being human is all about.

This word tells us that we should, even while we are suffering care for those around us and arrange for them to be cared for. Jesus was suffering on the cross was in the midst of a cosmic battle for the salvation of all and still took time to make sure his mother would be cared for and his disciple would have a duty to carry out.

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