On Saturday in our church community we have a very ancient practise of remembering and celebrating Mary the Mother of Jesus.
In this Easter time, I was reflecting on Mary and the passion of her Son, Jesus.
The scriptures tell us that she was standing on Calvary Hill, Golgotha near the dying Jesus.
What an incredibly painful ordeal for a mother to see her ‘butchered’ son suffocating to death.
Simeon had predicted that her own heart would be pierced with pain because of Jesus.
What incredible joy she must have had to see him alive again after the resurrection!
Then my thoughts went to so many mothers who have had their hearts broken because of seeing their children in pain.
I remember my mother going into almost hysterics when my brother Tony was violently ill as a little boy, in this case he eventually recovered.
However, I saw her heart broken when her youngest son John died at the age of four and a half. I was there with her when it happened. She carried that pain for years!
In my ministry, I have been with so many mothers grieving for the death of children. Whether this was as a result of illness, accident or suicide!
Of course, fathers also suffer terribly in the same situations.
Thank God for the gift of parenthood!
The resurrection of Jesus reaches out to all who grieve. What an amazing and solid reassurance is the Resurrection of Jesus.
It is God’s wish that we all share in the Resurrection and that any separation is but temporary.
We are meant to be together and with our God forever!