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Communion Meditations (2015)

Behold Thy Son

Originally scheduled for May 10

Mary, the mother of Jesus, gets very little press in the New Testament. Which is the reason for this is the disagreement between Protestants and Catholics. In the controversy, there have been some things overlooked about Mary that might give us a deeper meaning of communion.

First, why did Jesus commit his mother to the apostle John?

·         The Scripture informs us that Christ’s brothers, whoever they might be, did not believe at this point. Christ would want his mother in a home that was believing.

·         Of all the apostles it is likely that John is one of the richest. You will recall that he and his family owned a fishing business. Christ wanted his mother to be at least comfortable as well as competent.

·         It is also likely that John is a cousin of Jesus. He would then be assigning this task to one who was a close blood relative, not just somebody in the group.

Perhaps even more puzzling is the question of why Jesus waited until he was on the cross before he did this. There are some possibilities:

·         It is faintly possible that Jesus is some sort of a procrastinator. This seems rather difficult for such an orderly and organized mind as Christ had.

·         Some might consider that this was an afterthought; something that wasn’t really important but needed to be done sometime.

·         Love those answers as you please, but I think the truth is he did it then because that was the right time to do it. Considering how often Mary must’ve felt frustrated with Jesus (remember that incident in the Temple when Jesus was 12?) this let her know of his love for her after all.

There are some implications here that we may use in our contemplation of communion.

·         Think how Christ suffered knowing that his mother was there. Crucifixion was intended to be as humiliating as possible, it would be understandable if Mary avoided that. When we contemplate his sufferings, remember that his humiliation was being watched not only by his followers but by his mother.

·         Next, we may also look at this as Christ being obedient in the last detail. At his death on the cross Christ sets for us the example of obedience in that he takes care of his mother in accordance with the Law of Moses.

·         Finally, even in dying, Christ sets for us the example we need in obedience to God’s command to “honor your father and your mother.”

Our Lord’s suffering on the cross was not merely physical. It included the emotional dimension of having your friends and even your mother watch you die in a way designed to produce the maximum pain in the maximum of humiliation. As you partake this morning, think on these things.

(This meditation was designed with Mother's Day at hand; feel free to modify to suit.)

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