Saturday, March 14, 2009

Behold, Your Mother

During this Lenten Season at Bethel we have walking the way of the cross and working/praying our way through Jesus seven last words from the cross. When Jesus hung on the cross he joined all the others who were being crucified. Everyone who was ever crucified cried out. For sure, they expected him to cry, but they didn't expect him to cry this: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do..." That was Jesus' first word.

Then, last week set between two others, criminals, thieves, or revolutionaries, you be the judge. One derided Jesus and said: "Save yourself and us." That's always the cry of the crowd, the cry of the world. Save yourself. The other crucified one turned to Jesus in humility and said: "Lord, remember me, when you come into your kingdom..." And, without a moment's hesitation, Jesus said: "Today, today, you will be with me in paradise."

With all these words, Jesus was identifying with us. Tomorrow morning we will work with Jesus' third word: "Behold your mother; behold your son." Jesus is never more human than here. In the last moment of his life he turns to his friend and says: "Behold, your mother." Take care of my mother; take care of this son (John)

Never is Jesus more human; never is he more worthy of being called Son of God. No one ever dies like this.

Look up at that hill; see, three crosses are there. Wait a minute! If you look closely, there is fourth cross. The fourth cross belongs to Mary.

Blessed Lent!
Dave Nichols

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