25 Near the cross of Jesus stood His mother, His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw His mother there, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to her, “Woman, here is your son” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on this disciple took her into his home.
This passage says so much about the kind of son Jesus became here on earth. He is dying a terrible death. He’s in pain that I can’t imagine. He has the weight of all sin of all time upon Him. Yet He is still teaching us how to live.
His Mother needed to be settled before He died. So in the midst of His crucifixion He introduces a new relationship. Mary got a new son to care for her. The disciple that Jesus loved joined the caregivers who have been unsung heroes for thousands of years. The words Jesus spoke envision for me the giving and receiving of cherished great gifts.
What is your relationship with the one you care for? Is it a gift to be a caregiver or a burden? The Bible considers it a gift and a loving responsibility. Look sincerely for the gift through the difficult times. Do not forget to humbly look at yourself. Like the disciple you are a gift too.
Jesus, Son of man, thank You for putting in Your word this example of a holy exchange of gift giving. You placed Your mother in the best of care. You gave to Your beloved disciple the honor of caring for her. Let my giving and receiving mirror such a blessed relationship. In Your name I pray, amen.