Woman, here is your son.” Then to the disciple, “Here is your mother.”
Community matters. At some point or another we all need someone to care for us when we are incapable of taking care of our own lives.
This has been a major theme of my journey. Sometimes I needed my friends to survive. Sometimes they needed me.
The Christian Faith calls us, even challenges us, to care for each other just as we would care for ourselves.
Jesus takes it a step up from 10%. He says to give all to the poor and broken hearted.
If we did…what would our community look like?
When Jesus was dying, his mother Mary and The Beloved Disciple (along with others) were at the foot the cross mourning his execution. Before he passed, Jesus had one more lesson to give to his disciples and his own mother.
While the soldiers were looking after themselves, Jesus’ mother, his aunt, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene stood at the foot of the cross. Jesus saw his mother and the disciple he loved standing near her. He said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that moment the disciple accepted her as his own mother.
Jesus understood the importance of caring for others. Now, he passed the care of his mom into the hands of John.
And she was to care for him in the same way she cared for Jesus, James, and her other children.
Her family was expanding.
Her family, faith, and her community became one in the same.
For Christ, relationships and spirituality cannot be separated.
Through Jesus, God is calling us to live the same way as Christ did…
sacrificially loving others despite the desires of security and self interests.
Its a Relationship…not a Religion…