7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard for his godly fear.
8 Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered;
9 and being made perfect he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him,
25 So the soldiers did this. But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.26 When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!”
27 Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.
THE EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS highlight our Lords obedience and submissive nature. Whilst Christ had a divine nature, it does not suppose that He was like Teflon; immune to pain, suffering and tears.
Not so, Christ had all the human attributes that we display such as; joyfulness, sadness, worries, empathy, pain, suffering, humility! What distinguishes Christ from us mere mortals is that His obedience to please the Father was unquestionable! Jesus was the perfect son in so far as He did not suffer from the affliction of sin and disobedience that befall us mere mortals.
St JOHN, A FIRST WITNESS at the foot of the cross is the only Apostle who witnessed the humiliating, bloody scene of Jesus. Needles to say, Jesus’ mother traversed and suffered with Him the entire journey along the ‘via dolorosa’ up until this moment when He was nailed to the cross,bloody, thirsty and moments away from being expired!
Mary must have realized that this was the “hour” that her Son had spoken of when He was somewhat hesitant or nearly disobedient to bring about a supernatural transformation of turning water into wine.Jn 2:1-5 To put it another way, Christs sacrifice on the cross, death and ressurection is the fulfillment of the Lords supper when He changed bread and wine into His flesh and blood! At this juncture our Lord also fulfilled the commandments to not abandon His mother from whence He received His humanity, flesh and blood! Mt 15:4 In full obedience to the commandments, Mary is bequeathed to His most trustworthy disciple John who represents the Church wherein Mary would take her place for all time below the cross, close to the altar of Sacrifice and the tabernacle wherein He reside.
LET US PRAY:Psalms 31:2-6,15-16,20
2 Incline thy ear to me, rescue me speedily! Be thou a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!
3 Yea, thou art my rock and my fortress; for thy name’s sake lead me and guide me,4 take me out of the net which is hidden for me, for thou art my refuge.
5 Into thy hand I commit my spirit; thou hast redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.6 Thou hatest those who pay regard to vain idols; but I trust in the LORD.15 My times are in thy hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors!16 Let thy face shine on thy servant; save me in thy steadfast love!20 In the covert of thy presence thou hidest them from the plots of men; thou holdest them safe under thy shelter from the strife of tongues.
Author. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast.