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. (NIV)
An unmarried young woman agreed to the terrifying news that she has been chosen to be the mother of the Son of God, and thus began the most wonderful Mothers Day story ever told. Mary went through all the worries of any mother, including the time when Jesus seemed to be lost, only to be found in the temple doing His Father’s business. She was there when her Son performed His first miracle by turning water into wine. Naturally, she was there at the end, when Her Son died for you and me.
So beautiful, so wonderful, so sublime was the relationship between Jesus and Mary that it has been the subject of countless paintings, sculptures, and musical compositions. We are drawn to the exquisite Pieta by Michelangelo and the incomparable Stabat Mater by Jacopone da Todi. Apparently, Jesus thought His relationship with His mother was special, too. There, while hanging on a cross and struggling to breathe, He made sure she would be taken care of after He died.
What is Jesus saying to you through His relationship with Mary this Mothers Day?
O Lord, thank You for allowing us glimpses into the intimate bond You shared with Your mother on earth. Thank You, too, for our own mothers. May we honor them, according to the commandment, as You honored Yours. Amen.
Copyright © 2012 by Steven R. Perkins