Saturday May 13, 2017 Behold Your Mother

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”  Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. John 19:26-27

Jesus from the cross created a stepparent situation.  I am sure there were many before and there are many more today because of the high rate of divorce.  Usually it is a spouse who says to a child, behold your mother but in this divine instance Jesus said this to his dear friend, John.  Reading this passage is always a tender moment for me who has been to Ephesus where John lived and the house where Mary went to become “his” mother after Jesus died.

My mother became a step mother when she married after my father died.  It is a hard position to be in because children resent someone attempting to take the place of their beloved mom, which no one can ever do.  Whether in divorce or death, a step-mom is an interloper in a child’s mind and heart.  The wise would-be parent understands and accepts that.  I am sure Mary did not go to John’s home and begin knocking out walls or telling him how he should live his life.

Mary was the most blessed, holy and faithful human being who ever lived.  She then can be the ultimate model for all step-mothers and mothers for that matter.  She would not have tried to take the place of John’s mother but lived with him as a guiding and prayerful force in his life.  She can teach every mother a great deal about deferring a child’s sassy attitude, having ultimate patience and trusting that GOD will never allow them to go down a path without Him.  I constantly look to her when all I can do is pray for my own children and grandchildren.

Lord, Your Mother was the perfect example to all those who want to be good mothers.  Help me always seek her guidance when my progeny seeks guidance for which I am unprepared or too confused to give. 

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