25Jesus’ mother stood near his cross. So did his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26Jesus saw his mother there. He also saw the disciple he loved standing nearby. Jesus said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son.” 27He said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, the disciple took her into his home.
In the Gospel of John, Mary, the mother of Jesus, appears on only two occasions. The first time is in chapter 2:1-11 at a wedding in Cana where Jesus acts on a broad hint dropped by his mother and turns water into wine. This marks the beginning of his public ministry.
The second time she appears in this Gospel is at the crucifixion, when Jesus’ death is imminent. Her presence on these two occasions marks the beginning and the end of his ministry.
“Dear Woman,” is what Jesus called her each time she is mentioned in this Gospel. She was dear to Him; she was loved by Him. Can you imagine being called “Dear (your name)” by Jesus? All of us are so dear to Him, so loved by Him, that He gave His life for us.
1 John 1:19 says, “We love because He first loved us.” Can you imagine looking in the face of Jesus and calling Him, “Dear Jesus”? Someday….
Teach us and challenge us to share our love with others as you have done with us. Amen.