Woman, here is your son. Here is your mother. (John 19:26-27)
How frequently the dying words of someone to loved ones is: “Take care of your mother; take care of your father; take care of your sister, your brother; to be good to one antoher.” In their dying words, they entrust us to the care of one another.
Jesus’ words are similar, yet he entrusts to us his own mother as our mother. Surely in these final moments of his life, his thoughts turned to her, his mother. Is there a more intimate bond than that between mother and child? How many dying people claim that they see their loved ones, their mothers in particular?
And here, in death, Jesus entrusts Mary, his mother, to the disciple, and the disciple to her, to the care of one another. Yet he does more for us and for the Church. He entrusts his mother to us as our mother. From whom did he learn the will of the Father? From who did he gain such a compassionate heart? It was Mary, the woman of faith, the handmaid of the Lord, now entrusted to us.
In his dying moments Jesus opens up that intensely personal relationship with his mother to share her with all of us and to entrust us to the care of one another.
“Woman, here is your son. Here is your mother.”
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