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Behold Your Mother

Seven Last Words

Behold Your Mother

Jonathan Cardinal

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved [John], he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. - John 19:26–27

"The Son upon the Cross can pour out his suffering into his Mother's heart. Every child who suffers experiences that need. You too, my dear young people, are faced with suffering:  loneliness, failures and disappointments in your personal lives… Know, however, that in difficult times, which everyone experiences, you are not alone: like John at the foot of the Cross, Jesus also gives his Mother to you so that she will comfort you with her tenderness.

My dear young people, you are more or less the same age as John and you have the same desire to be with Jesus. Today, it is you whom Jesus expressly asks to receive Mary "into your home" and to welcome her "as one of yours"; to learn from her… She will discharge her ministry as a mother and train you and mould you until Christ is fully formed in you.

Mary was given to you to help you enter into a more authentic and more personal relationship with Jesus. Through her example, Mary teaches you to gaze on him with love, for He has loved us first. Through her intercession, she forms in you a disciple's heart able to listen to her Son, who reveals the face of his Father and the true dignity of the human person."

- St. John Paul II, World Youth Day 2003

Prayer for today:

Mary, comfort me today when things are difficult: when I am lonely, dissapointed, or suffering. Show me that you are always and teach me to trust in Jesus. 

Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus! Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.