The Bystanders: Mother Mary

By Chad Hershberger

This week, as we continue to observe the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, I invite you to join me in being mindful of God’s gifts. We’ll have a series of blog posts that look at the eyewitnesses of the Crucifixion and how the events of this week still have meaning to us today.

In John’s gospel (19:25-27), we read about Mary, Jesus’ mother, who stood by the cross of Jesus. Also with her were her sister, Mary, as well as Mary Magdalene.

Mary was warned by Simeon about this moment. He told her that a sword would pierce her soul. That was when Jesus was just a baby. Thirty-three years later, here she was, standing watching her son die.

Even on the cross, Jesus took care of his family. He looked at his mother and the “disciple whom he loved” and said, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

Hopefully you have felt the gift of a mother’s love. Undoubtedly, Jesus felt that love from Mary. That love is unconditional. And Mary reminds us of the unconditional love of God.