Jesus’ mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene stood near the cross. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
- John 19: 25-27
Jesus knows his absence will be felt by many, but perhaps no greater than the absence his mother will feel. The band of disciples has become family and this commissioning of his closest disciple to take his place as her son is repeated over and over again throughout humanity when
a dying loved one says, “take care of
them.” At this station, we find the Jesus who loves deeply and invites us to care especially for those who have no family. We pray a prayer of thanksgiving for those who have become chosen family to us.