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Old 08-24-2012, 06:17 AM
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"Behold your mother"

What do these three simple words from the 19th chapter of John mean to you?

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Old 08-24-2012, 07:40 AM
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The Mother is a direct source of nourishment and care for the young child, who is unable to fend for himself. The strength of the Mother, who is still producing children must be supported as well. We began as children in our walk with God, but when we are no longer children, we must put away the childish things and also become sources of nourishment, in effect, part of the Mother. We need to know who the Mother is: Behold your Mother!
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Old 08-24-2012, 10:10 AM
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The Mother is a direct source of nourishment and care for the young child, who is unable to fend for himself. The strength of the Mother, who is still producing children must be supported as well. We began as children in our walk with God, but when we are no longer children, we must put away the childish things and also become sources of nourishment, in effect, part of the Mother. We need to know who the Mother is: Behold your Mother!
Not quite the answer I expected, but interesting.
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I've always understood those words to mean that John was to look after Mary as if she were his own mother (and from Jesus' following words, that she was to consider him as her son). Mary was widowed, and had no children of her own, so in that society she would have needed someone to provide for her. It seems somehow fitting that Jesus would entrust his mother to the "disciple he loved", as John calls himself in the gospel.
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The Mother is a direct source of nourishment and care for the young child, who is unable to fend for himself. The strength of the Mother, who is still producing children must be supported as well. We began as children in our walk with God, but when we are no longer children, we must put away the childish things and also become sources of nourishment, in effect, part of the Mother. We need to know who the Mother is: Behold your Mother!
"Honor your father and your mother" never diminishes, even when we have put away childish things. The relationship just changes.
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Old 08-24-2012, 06:24 PM
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"Honor your father and your mother" never diminishes, even when we have put away childish things. The relationship just changes.
I agree! The meaning is much more than a natural child needing to honor a natural parent!

Can you shed a little light on how these verses might relate to our discussion?

"If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:

Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place;

And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.

And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear." Deut 21:18-21
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I've always understood those words to mean that John was to look after Mary as if she were his own mother (and from Jesus' following words, that she was to consider him as her son). Mary was widowed, and had no children of her own, so in that society she would have needed someone to provide for her. It seems somehow fitting that Jesus would entrust his mother to the "disciple he loved", as John calls himself in the gospel.
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"Behold your mother"

What do these three simple words from the 19th chapter of John mean to you?

If you love Jesus he and the Father will make a home with you.
Jesus is effectively in the disciple he loved so he is living with his mother as her son in the disciple he loved.

Therefore the Mother of Jesus is the mother of the disciple Jesus loved whom Jesus is in.

Mark 3:35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

The Spirit would be so divine between within them.
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If you love Jesus he and the Father will make a home with you.
Jesus is effectively in the disciple he loved so he is living with his mother as her son in the disciple he loved.

Therefore the Mother of Jesus is the mother of the disciple Jesus loved whom Jesus is in.

Mark 3:35 Whoever does Godís will is my brother and sister and mother.Ē

The Spirit would be so divine between within them.
That's a good point, CinderAsh, I've not thought of it like that before.
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"Behold your mother"

What do these three simple words from the 19th chapter of John mean to you?



These words mean alot to me since they are the words of the Dying Christ during His agony on the Cross. Jesus was suffering His Passion and He chose these words to say. His lungs were collapsing, He was asphixiating, and He needed to lift His whole persecuted Body in order to say a clear word.

Yes, ... the Eternal Word could barely speak.

This utterance of Jesus Crucified is better understood in the light of St. Luke 2:35: "And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed."

It was given to Simeon by God that a sword would pierce the Immaculate Heart of Mary so that the thoughts of many hearts would be revealed.

The All-Holy Mary did not suffer any birth pangs at the miraculous and Virgin Birth of her Son on Christmas Day. But the Word of God says that she did indeed suffer birth pangs (and this must be at the birth of the Church, the Body of Christ):

"And being with child, she cried travailing in birth, and was in pain to be delivered." (Apoc. 12:2, DRB)

We are born again from the pierced side of the sleeping (Dead) Christ, by the water and the blood which flowed from His opened side.

It is then that the All-Holy Mary experiences the full length of that sword which pierces her own soul, watching her Dead Son (our Head) hanging lifeless on the tree, pierced by the lance of the soldier. And it is then that she becomes fully our Mother for this can be so only in the order of Grace. And we cannot hope to receive grace except through the blood and water that came forth from the pierced side of the Sleeping New Adam. (That is, by the Sacraments like Holy Baptism and the Holy Eucharist ...).

Jesus Crucified also calls His Mother "Woman" and says to her: "behold your son" in verse 26. Here He calls her the New Sinless Eve, Mother of all the living.

Those who are born again to the new life in Christ have a Mother in Heaven.

Her name is Mary.


Thanks be to the Dying Christ!
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