Sunday, 10 May 2009

Mothers in the eyes of Jesus

"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." - John 19:26-27.
If you have seen the movie "The Passion of the Christ" you may have noticed the incredible anguish on Mary's face as she follows Jesus' in his last hours. What mother wouldn't weep, grieve, and feel totally helpless as their son is torn from their grasp. Even in the midst of Jesus own physical pain and torture on the cross, we get a glimpse of the enormity of our Saviour. One of his dying acts is to publicly care for his mother. In speaking these words from John 19, he displays his divine ability to meet our every need. Mary would have needed to have been consoled and who better to do it than one of Jesus' closest companions, John.

Mothers hold a key place in the heart of Jesus and they should also hold an important place in our own. I owe my salvation (in part) to the enduring prayers of my mom. How many others can say the same thing? If your mother is still with you, then bless her today. If she has gone to be with the Lord, then thank God for what she meant to you and what she has instilled in your life.

I have begun to see the role of mother's from two different perspectives of late - I am aware of what my own mom did for me, but I am now seeing how much of role Kim is playing in the lives of Declan, Nathan and Joshua. They may not realise it now, but Kim is giving them the best start in life - her prayers, love and support are a priceless gift. A mother teaches a child mercy and grace, tenderness and compassion, in a way that us father's just can't. We try in other ways, but the God-given love a mother has is worthy far more than rubies, gold or silver!
Prayer: Thank you Lord for your mercy and grace. Thank you for our mother's who often model these virtues for us. Bless them today. Amen.
Living in Grace,

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