Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home. (John 19:25-27)
The servant heart of Jesus shines through this act of responsibility and love towards Mary. She was in some ways, the first disciple; the first to say, “Let it be to me as you have said.” But Mary was still Jesus earthly mother and Jesus in the midst of suffering and agony, makes space to plan for her care in the midst of his own need and suffering! Mary certainly must have remembered the words in Jesus’ infancy that foretold his death (“A sword will pierce your heart.”)
Lord, thank you that you know everything I’m facing today!