Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Seven Last Words of Jesus - Part III

Third Word

Woman, behold, your son.
Behold, your mother.

I cannot even begin to imagine what must have run through Mary and John's minds when they heard these words from Jesus.  From a practical point of view, it would seem that Jesus was taking care that Mary was provided for.  Yet, it goes beyond that. 

John receives Mary for each and every one of us.  John represents each of us to Mary to be taken into her motherly care.  

The woman who as a young maiden had the grace and wisdom to say fiat to the Lord's invitation to be the mother of the Savior, again says fiat in accepting us as her very dear children.  Mary, the new Eve, truly is the mother of all humankind.

Let us pray to Mary and John to accompany us on our Lenten journey so that we who seek to be open to Christ's working in our hearts may be attentive to His word sounding in our ears.

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