Station 4 – Jesus meets His mother

Texts

Galatians 4:4-5 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children.

1 Thessalonians 2:5-8 As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother tenderly caring for her own children. So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.

Reflection

That Paul had almost nothing explicit in his letters to say about Mary, the mother of Jesus, does not mean he did not appreciate how she must have felt seeing her son
Rejected and crucified. In fact, in relation to his communities, Paul shows the great empathy
and tenderness characteristic of all good parents. He is both mother and father to them. He cares for them as his own children, begotten in faith.

Meditation from the Preachers

From Uwe Brammer

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Prayer

Lord, how sorrowful it must have been to know that your own mother witnessed the suffering and rejection of her only son. Grant consolation to all who suffer the pain of rejection for the cause of your Father’s kingdom. Amen.