Educating for the Lived Gospel #163

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home. (John 19:26-27)

Compassion and love in the midst of pain and suffering. That, in itself, is worth emulating. Jesus’ behaviour also prompts each of us to be caring towards our mothers. This passage is also understood as the beginning of the Church. So it has been throughout the centuries: the Church is at its best when it is there to show Christ’s love and compassion to the world.

When the Church is there for those in need, it draws in more disciples, especially the young who wish to spend their lives in a worthwhile cause. May we each reflect Christ, showing compassion and love to those in need, who are the face of Christ.

Have a great week!
Patrick

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