Educating for the Lived Gospel #290

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home. (John 19:26-27)

At the foot of the cross, the Church begins, as family. ‘The disciple whom Jesus loved’ could be John – and it could be a narrative device for any disciple. Jesus tells his mother and the disciple that they are family now – intimately connected.

As a Church we celebrate Mary’s feast this week; we ponder her faith – a faith that saw her present through Jesus’ passion and death. We’ve seen this example followed by many faith-filled people throughout the centuries, including in our own lives. As much as we wish to escape pain, those who stand by us through the tough times are valued by us – and are following Mary’s example. Such faith also fosters hope and builds loving relationships – where God who is love can be seen.

Have a great week!

Patrick

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