Reflection, Seven Last Words

Mother, he is your son. She is your mother


She is your son. The third last words while Jesus was hanging on the cross.
In this words, Jesus had shown His great love for her mother even He was at the last moment of his life.
Here, Mary had shown how great is the love of a mother for a son.

He felt what Her mother felt.

When Jesus said, “Mother, he is your son” did not mean that he don’t acknowledge her as a mother but rather He felt the pain her mother’s feeling on that time.
He was not only hurt by the beatings, by the tortures, from the spittle, from the people insults, from all the lashes and physical punishment he received; Jesus was more hurt seeing Her beloved mother suffer.
To see her mother weeping from the time that He was seized by the soldiers, falsely accused by the witnesses, judged by the Pharisees, tortures by the Roman soldiers until the time that He was hanging on the cross.
Who has a heart of stone who will not be moved to see your own mother in tears and suffers.
Only if Mary could carry the cross for Jesus. Mother’s instinct to bear the pain to spare his children from suffering and pain.

A Way of Saying Goodbye

Mother, she is your son- is a simple way of saying goodbye. “I will leave you now my beloved Mother”
The hardest word to part ways is goodbye. A single word but could make two people live in distance.
It was hard for Jesus to tell “Goodbye” as this will add more pain to her mother.
“Mother, I will not leave you completely alone. Here is John to take care of you”.
Jesus knew that John could fill the gap of her mother loneliness in his absence.
But even Jesus introduce John to be her son, it will never change the fact that the pain will remain in Mary’s heart.

Jesus Appreciate the Goodness of Mary

“Son, she is your mother”. Jesus was proud of Mary’s goodness.
He wanted to highlight Mary as His mother and a true disciple.
At this point, Jesus might had recollected all the good years she spent with her mother.
All the memories he treasured throughout those years had come alive in Jesus mind.

Have we still remember all the good times we had with our mother?
Are those good memories with them still lingers in our thoughts?
How lovely and refreshing it is to remember the days with our mothers. If we can only go back in time.
For some of you whose mother still alive, enjoy every moment with them. You will not go back in time.
Live every moment while you still have that opportunity to express your deep love and concerns for them.

“She is your son” is a words of description. It has a deep meaning as its rooted on the very essence of Mary as Jesus’ mother .
It’s a phrase to describe Mary’s many valuable traits as our mother.
Jesus love her mother. He was not ashamed to declare to John that love.
He wanted John to experience the love He had with her mother.


He asked John to let Mary be his mother

She is your mother- these are words of entrusting Mary to a dear friend.
Jesus trust John that he could consider Mary as his own mother.
He wanted to ease the loneliness of her mother’s heart and the pain of losing a son.
He felt the Pain of Losing a Dear Friend
She is your mother-a phrase to ease John’s pain in losing a beloved trusted friend, a brother and Master.
He wanted John to remember Him by her mother’s presence.
Jesus knew that Mary would be there for him for comforting for losing a dear friend.

Jesus Appreciates John Faithfulness

Mother, he is your son- Jesus highlight John’s faithfulness a friend and disciple.
He recognizes John’s loyalty that in spite of the risk of being seized and captured by those people who put Jesus to death, yet he remains until the dying of Jesus on the cross.
Among all the chosen apostles, he was there at the foot of cross.
If John did not leave him, Jesus was surely knew he will never leave her mother under his care.
Without shadow of doubt, he said “She is your mother.”


Mary Rejoices When She Know She will Bear a Child

Luke 1:38 says ‘I am the Lord’s servant” said Mary; “May it happen to me as you have said”…
One of the dangerous place today for a child is the mother’s womb.
Widespread campaign of abortion and use of contraceptives posses risk to so many unborn child just at the womb of a mother.
If for some, to bear a baby is a burden, for Mary, it was of great blessings to be gifted as mother.
Mother is God’s co-creator.
For some, they are worried to bear a child as they were made by accident. For men, it could be an accident but God has His own purpose.
There could be an illegitimate parents yet with God, all are legitimate children.

Mary Raises Her Child to Grew Strong and Full of Wisdom

The child grew and become strong; he was full of wisdom and God’s blessing were upon Him-Luke 2:40
Mary was a responsible mother. Patience and love was so deep that she taught her son well.
Mother is our first teacher.
Today, there are a lot of children grew in the care of their Nannies.
Absentee parenting becomes common in our times. More parents that are less hands-on.

Mary Works Behind the Scene of Jesus Ministry

Mary was very supportive on her son’s ministry.

Mary Remains with Jesus even to His Death

Standing close to Jesus’ cross were here mother…-John 19:25
Mary endured all the pain and suffering as her son suffered.
She knew long time what would be the fate of her son. Simeon said when he prophesied “He will be a sign from God which many people will speak against and so reveal their secret thoughts. And sorrow, like a sharp wood will break your own heart”..


We Cannot Repay our Mother

Continue to do good and express always our love for our mother.
Cherish every moment while you are still with them and they are with us.
There is nothing compares to the love of a mother gives to us.
Thank God for having them. We can choose our partners and friends but not our parents.
Parents are God’s blessing to us.

Mike Sendon

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