WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS OUR MOTHERS
Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene (John 19:25 NLT).
Traditionally, during the month of May, we celebrate Mother’s Day to express our appreciation to the mothers in our lives. Motherhood is a unique experience; reserved only for women who have given birth to, or adopted a child.
One of the highlights of Jesus’ suffering on the cross was the scene of his mother standing near the cross. John writes; 26 When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.”27 And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home (John 19:26-27 NLT). In my view, this scene teaches us three things about mother and child relationship. First, it teaches us about the unique, deep love that exists between a mother and her child / children. Secondly, it teaches us that, Jesus cared for his mother. Thirdly, it teaches us to emulate what Jesus did for his mother; by caring for her.
THE LOVE BETWEEN A MOTHER AND HER CHILD
From the womb, the connection of the umbilical cord between children and their mothers creates unexplainable love between mothers and their children. This love continues through their lives till death and beyond. Mothers know their children more than anybody else. For this reason, they’re able to tell when their child is sick or troubled emotionally or psychologically. Mothers are able to intuit when their children are in danger even when they are far or near; such intuition makes them very protective of their children.
Every mother would do what Mary, the mother of Jesus did. On hearing that, her Son has been arrested, she couldn’t stay home. She went all the way to be with him; as she witnessed the sufferings her dear Son was going through. Though, she became speechless and powerless to save him from the hands of wicked men, her presence near the cross exuded the power of love a mother has for her child / children. On this Mother’s Day, may we deliberately reflect on the painful times in our lives when our mothers came to wrap their loving arms around us to soothe our pains and to spur us on.
JESUS CARED FOR HIS MOTHER
Jesus was Mary’s first born; a child whose conception was of the Holy Spirit. After him, she had other children with Joseph (Matthew 13:55-56). According to the Jewish culture, the first born male child plays an important role in the family. When his father dies, he directly inherits his father’s estate; and assumes responsibility of taking care of his mother and siblings. It was therefore not out of the ordinary for John to write; 26 When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.”27 And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home (John 19:26-27 NLT).
From this passage, one can deduce that, Joseph (Mary’s husband) was dead by this time. If so, it was Jesus’ responsibility as the first-born male to take care of his mother. While hanging on the cross, he saw it fit to delegate that responsibility to John, the beloved disciples. For the writer to say that, from then on this disciple took her into his home (John 19:27b), implies that, John, from that time on, took care of Mary’s physical, emotional and financial needs.
LET’S EMULATE WHAT JESUS DID FOR HIS MOTHER
Statistics show that, on the average, women live longer than men. This means that, society will have more women including mothers who will out live their husbands. This begs the question, “Who takes care of these widows who are also mothers?” To some of us, the solution is by sending them to Seniors’ Residence. There’s nothing wrong about that. However, when we consider the abuses, and the loneliness in some of these caregiving centres, we will try to keep our elderly mothers at our homes and give them all the necessary support they need.
There are growing number of elderly people in our world today, who are so lonely and depressed that, their doctors help them with “social prescriptions” to link them with social clubs to cure them of their isolation. When our mothers grow old, the most important thing they need in life is living among caring and trusted relatives who will interact with them always. And this, we can all do either through constant visits to them in Senior Residences or allowing them to live with us in our homes. As we appreciate our mothers on this Mother’s Day, let’s remember, Jesus took care of his mother; and we can’t do anything less.
On behalf of my staff and leaders, I wish the mother of our church, Rev. (Mrs.) Faustina Mantey, and all the mothers in Disciples Revival Church and around the world A HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!
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