Daily Worship

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Norah Summers March 30, 2016 0 0

John 19: 25-27

25 Standing close to Jesus' cross were his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 Jesus saw his mother and the disciple he loved standing there; so he said to his mother, “He is your son.”

27 Then he said to the disciple, “She is your mother.” From that time the disciple took her to live in his home.

The women were there.

Women who had followed you from Galilee,
some of them named, even! 
as if they were important, 
worth including among your followers.

You must have known them well.
Some were the mothers of your friends – 
so even in the itinerant life-style of your close group, 
their families must have been involved,
kept in touch.

And in the earthquake, 
the darkness,
the cosmic upheaval 
of your death, Son of God,
there are the women –

the women, standing by the cross,
who will now patiently prepare to anoint your body,
honour you with the last human touches.

And here among them stands your Mother –
what more poignant reminder could we have
of your humanity,
Son of God?

And you commend her 
and the disciple you loved
to each other’s care.

The world they knew has ended,
their hopes and dreams are shattered 
for the moment –

but you have tenderly provided 
that your Mother and your friend 
will know a new life.

And the whole world will know a new life,
when the new day dawns
and the women find the empty tomb.

And nothing will ever be the same.