The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 16
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!”
– John 19:26 (ESV)
The life of faith is nothing but a continual pursuit of God, piercing through everything that disguises him, disfigures him, destroys him, and, so to speak, reduces him to nothing. This is truly a reproduction of the life of Mary, who, from the stable to Calvary, holds fast to a God everyone else denies, abandons, and persecutes.
–Jean Pierre de Caussade
In the depths of his suffering, Jesus was still doing his duty, seeing to it that his mother would be well taken care of. We learn this in John 19:26, where we see that Mary was there, “standing nearby,” as she must have been so many times before. She loved her son, and even when his beatings had made him practically unrecognizable, she knew him and loved him. In this, she is set before us as an example.
What was happening to Jesus was the opposite of what he deserved, yet he submitted. He had lived for the will of God, yet he was covered from head to toe in suffering and defeat. He had convinced multitudes that he knew something nobody else knew, that he had insight into a heavenly secret, called “the will of the Father,” that guided his every move. Yet his every move led straight to the cross.
Even on the cross, however, Jesus embodied the will of God. You could not see it, as before, in its results, effects, and outcomes. You had to look directly at Jesus himself. And you could not see him by looking around the suffering that covered him, or looking away from it. You had to look straight through it.
This is what Mary did. As difficult as it was to watch what was happening, she stayed. It is with the same tenacity that you must focus on the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the God whose will is good. Pursue him, as Jean Pierre de Caussade says, “piercing through everything that disguises him.”
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