Family. The twelfth word on Jesus' way to the Cross.
Our twelfth Lent reflection gazes on the snapshot of grace recorded for us in John 19:25-27, as Jesus explains family in a new way.
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 near by, 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.
At the Cross, at the scene of his death, Jesus institutes a new way of doing family.
Family can be the hardest thing to deal with – but Jesus’ story is one of being entirely honest with his slightly awkward origins, and also constantly inviting people to come and meet his father. And, of course, he doesn’t forget his mother.
All through John’s gospel the theme of the disciple Jesus loved has been showing us, alongside Jesus teaching in word and deed in the other gospels, that a family is being formed that goes beyond what we expect.
Here we have a reverse adoption – a new family is formed, of Jesus’ mother and one of his disciples – echoing/foreshadowing the glorious adoption achieved through Jesus death on the Cross. This family, which will come in time to be called the church, is just another glimpse of what Jesus’ mission involves.#
Pray – why not pray for the work of Hope Community Homes, a ministry of LCM, offering shelter and community to men on the way out of homelessness and into employment.
Going Deeper – Hope Community Homes is associated with Webber Street, LCM’s ministry hub in Waterloo for work amongst the homeless community. You can find out more about Webber Street by reading the newsletter, to pray for and hear from the expressions of God’s family there.