Day 12 – Family

ONE FRIDAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS by Jenny Hawke

12. FAMILY

Jesus speaks to his mother and his best friend John 19: 25-27

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

The bleakness of the situation is illustrated by the rather muted colours. There is an inevitability about the two heartbroken figures that are directed to each other by Jesus. They stand alone, with a distant doorway behind them since their lives will continue once they leave this terrible cross. They are now family. As we all are.