“When Jesus saw his mother there,
and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby,
he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,”
and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.”
From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.”
How easy it is, when we are absorbed in matters of consequence, to forget the needs of those nearest to us. Very often too the calls and demands of others take precedence over those of our own families.
Jesus was not just hanging on the cross, like the two other dying men, waiting to die. He was involved in a battle of immense proportions – on the final outcome of which depended the future of all humankind, past, present and future – and the worst was still to come. In the face of such enormous pain and pressure, with the most terrible consequences if He failed, He still found the time and the love from which to care.
Years before, when His mother and Joseph had taken Him into the Temple to ‘present Him to the Lord’ they were met by a faithful man named Simeon who, after blessing them all, concluded by saying to Mary, “And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” How deep and how excruciating must have been the sword that pierced her now as she stood and watched her son’s continued rejection, humiliation and suffering.
This was one pain of His that she could not make go away. But He, out of the midst of that pain and the particular struggle in which He was involved, reached out to her and provided for her as best He could. His beloved John would look after her for Him.
Wherever we are, and whatever our involvement, there will probably be someone who looks to us for love and attention. No matter how much they might understand the demands made upon us it might still sadden them when they feel ignored or taken for granted. It might delight and cheer them if we turn to acknowledge them and love them in some way. If Jesus could do it from the cross there is no excuse whatsoever for us. He just cared so much for this ‘dear woman!’
I will never ever forget the tiny little girl who said to me, as the tears ran down her cheeks, “Daddy didn’t say goodbye to me today.”
I can choose to make time to love.
Continue with John chapters 16-21
Lord God, please help me to show my love to the special people whom You have placed near me. Amen.