When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.”
25 And that is what the soldiers did.
Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ 27 Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.
The belief that every person is made in God’s image drives Christians to fight against poverty, injustice and oppression and care for those who suffer.
Jesus not only taught us to love our neighbour – on Good Friday he shows us the ultimate example. Even as he is executed, Jesus extends mercy and hope to the criminals on either side of him. Amid his own suffering, he makes sure that both his mother and his disciple John will be cared for.
Many Christians eat no meat or fast today in solidarity with Jesus and all who suffer. In the light of the climate crisis, are you ready to eat less meat and dairy from today?
For each perfect gift of thine,
To our race so freely given,
Graces human and divine,
Flowers of earth, and buds of heaven:
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our sacrifice of praise.
From “For the beauty of the earth”,
by F. S. Pierpoint (1835–1917)
Remember how Jesus suffered for the world
Spend some time remembering that Jesus died on Good Friday. And ask God to be close to all those who are suffering in the world today.
|Reflections from the Church House Publishing booklet #LiveLent: Care for God’s Creation – A 40-Day Challenge inspired and informed by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2020 Lent book Saying Yes to Life by Ruth Valerio (SPCK) are copyright 2020 The Archbishops’ Council and used here with permission. Full details of both resources are available on the Church of England website.|
Bible readings are taken from The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. All rights reserved.