Posted: 15 March 2015

BenevoLent: Here is your mother

 

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Over Lent we’re offering weekly suggestions for prayer, action and reflection on the gospel passages. This week we’re reflecting on what family means and John 19.25-27

'...Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, "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.'

This reflection is available as a PDF to print and share with your congregation. We also have lots more ideas for Mothering Sunday, including prayers, sermon notes and ideas to use with children.

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Reflect

Who were the women at the cross? Were three or four women there? It is something open to debate. The important thing is that they were there, at the foot of the cross. The women's unfailing support led them to overcome their fears and be near Jesus in his suffering and shame.

How heartbreaking for Mary to be so close to her son's agony. This is love - to put yourself in the place of another's suffering and to not step away, whatever the cost.

And Jesus mirrors this love, when right at the heart of his turmoil, he sets his heart and mind on protecting the needs and future of his mother and a new family is created.

This family comes out of a place of tragedy and love. On Mothering Sunday we celebrate ‘family’ in every form. These words of Jesus and the women at the cross challenge us to go beyond caring for our immediate family and to care for all in need no matter the situation. 

Peter and Jane’s story

Peter and Jane were preparing to become adoptive parents and were given a folder to read the stories of some of the children available. They read how young Sam was a loving child but had a very uncertain future. The social workers wanted any adopter to understand what they were taking on.

At first, Peter and Jane were put off, then realised that no parent knows what is in store and they deal with things as they happen.

Sam is now an important part of the new family they have created, and Peter and Jane have gone on to adopt two more amazing children.

Pray

Compassionate God, we look up at the cross and we glimpse into the depth of your love. Help us to open our lives and our homes to others, especially those who are hurting. May our families be places of welcome, so that the stranger becomes mother, father, sister and brother. 

Act

How are you caring beyond your immediate family? Why not help transform lives of disadvantaged children in our nation by giving to The Children's Society.

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