Stations of the Cross 4 – Jesus Meets His Sorrowful Mother


Image source: photographed at the San Gabriel Mission Museum.

What was it like to be mother Mary’s during the day Jesus died on the Cross?

In this painting aside from the central image of the Cross born by Jesus, the eye is drawn to the left to the sad figure of Mary. There appear to be three others who share her sorrow but only one has a “halo” like Jesus and Mary. Make of that what you will; perhaps there is a difference between sympathy for what Jesus is experiencing in comparison to a deep commitment to Him and appreciation for what he is doing.

We know that Mother Mary was there when Jesus instructed disciple John to take care of mother Mary just before he breathed his last. From this we can infer mother Mary may have been in the crowds as Jesus carried the Cross to Golgotha. This speculative part of the story was well told in the film the Passion of the Christ.

As she watched these events unfold, would her mind go back to his birth …..?

Luke 2:7
And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger ……

Luke 2:16-19
So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. (NASB)

The shepherds would tell Mary what the angels told them: Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:10-11).

Would Mary have thought that carrying a Cross to his death would be part of what it meant for Jesus to be a Savior, who is Christ the Lord?

Treasure this thought. Ponder this thought. Carrying a Cross. Enduring the scorn. Suffering intense pain. All a part of the plan for Jesus to be our Savior, our Christ, and our Lord!


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