Mothering Sunday

For Sunday 29th March go to Passion Sunday

Sunday 22nd March – Mothering Sunday 

(John 19. 25b-27)

Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas and Mary Magdalene. 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.

 

Reflection

This short passage has a powerful message for our time. Jesus, in his hour of extreme need, his time of great personal anguish and physical pain, is considering his family.

It is widely thought that by the time of Jesus’ crucifixion Joseph had already died. He was considerably older than Mary and, unlike her, there is no mention of him in the gospels after Jesus’ early years. Mary, however, was among the group of disciples who accompanied him and it was entirely to be expected that as a mother she would have been with him at this critical stage.

We cannot begin to imagine her own emotions watching Jesus suffer. Those emotions would only have been heightened on hearing him thinking of her own future as he said to John “here is your mother.”

In these challenging times our first thoughts are for our family but we must not forget our “extended family”, that is all those among whom we live. Jesus not only thought of his mother but also the disciple whom he knew would be lonely.

Sadly there have been some examples of selfish behaviour in our current situation but there have been many more wonderful examples of people reaching out to the housebound and those in need offering the hand of friendship and practical help.

We may not be able to visit but a simple phone call, shopping left on the doorstep, or offers of other help can make all the difference.

Our Lord has set us an example of thinking of and caring for others. How will you respond?

Fr Christopher


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