Love’s most faithful follower was His mama

by Craig on March 13, 2012

The Fourth Station of the Cross. Mary meets Jesus on the Via Dolorosa.source

The beam on your shoulder, Lord…
crowds pushing you along…
whether or not your feet move…
and one face you knew from birth…
that face appears…

Your Mom.

It is the fourth Station of the Cross.

Mary sees the Savior of the world, true…
but a sword pierces her heart (LK 2:35)…

because it’s her baby.

Mary beholds her son…

The Fourth Station of the Cross. Mary meets Jesus on the Via Dolorosa.

but a mama’s child is always…

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…her baby.

So why isn’t this in the Gospels, this meeting?

Is it because there was no Matthew, no John, no Peter…
no apostle present to record it?
Were they nowhere to be found?

Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will have your faith shaken, for it is written: ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be dispersed. (MK 14:27)

Luke wrote a gospel.
He investigated…
interviewed the eyewitnesses…
but he was not one of the apostles…
he was a second generation Christian.

But Mary…
she was…
I think…

the very first Christian.

The Fourth Station of the Cross. Mary meets Jesus on the Via Dolorosa.

All the pictures of this sculpture are from a hilltop in Oceanside California, the Mission San Luis Rey de Francia. All the stations of the cross are there, life sized, bronze, and people are encouraged to “touch” and be “touched”.

Could Luke find no eyewitness apostle account of this meeting?

Because…

in shadows…
in fields…
on boats…
the desert…

they were anywhere but here.

How many times had Mary asked God for this cup pass from her son?
Had she pleaded with the Father to find another way?

How could her baby save the world if he was dead?

And I think for a moment that Mary might have been angry.
But, no…I think, the woman who was so pure of heart…
that she was chosen by God to be mother of God…

she submits to the will of God.

Oh, the untold, unspoken communication…
between son and mother…
maybe a lifetime of words exchanged…
in just a few glances…
and maybe…

just maybe…

the mother of God gets close enough…

The Fourth Station of the Cross. Mary meets Jesus on the Via Dolorosa.

…to touch the hand of her baby one. last. time.

But not really the last time.

And next…

Our Lord needs help…

and help is provided…

though maybe not willingly.

Isn’t that too often the case?

Please come back.

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Cora March 13, 2012 at 9:57 am

I’ve always wondered about this, Craig. The anguish she must have felt, the helplessness. . . I wonder if I could have ever had the restraint she had not to reach out and rescue her son. It takes me all the way back to the angel’s announcement to her and she “pondered all these things. . .” How this — and 33 years more — must have raced through her mind and heart. I would have loved to have known Mary, and to sit at her feet and hear her tell the stories of Jesus and His love. Whenever I sing, “When I survey the wondrous cross,” I think of Mary
standing there, strong, but broken. . . and I ponder your statement that Mary was the first Christian. I have to agree with that. We don’t “ponder” enough. I would like to develop the art of pondering within my own heart!

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Craig March 13, 2012 at 1:44 pm

my first thought about what you’ve written, Cora, is that we’re not sure that she DIDN’T rush forward to free him. We just don’t know. She MIGHT have. A mama bear facing down the Romans. She would’ve lost that battle. And actually, when I wrote that she was the “first Christian” – I was taken aback – that’s the first time I had thought about that as well. Remember, all of this came from my 48-hour Lenten fast – I was listening – maybe HE was speaking. God bless you Cora!

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Danelle March 13, 2012 at 12:04 pm

This touched me to the very core.

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Craig March 13, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Danelle – Mama meeting Son on the Via Dolorosa, “the way of suffering” – and being unable to save her baby, maybe not even being able to touch him, it seems that the only ones around for the crucifixion of Jesus with the Mary’s and John. She was brave. She was strong. Catholic church tradition has it that the one who actually witnessed our Lord praying to the father that night in Gethsemane – it was Mary – and she told John, who recorded it. So although we don’t have a “gospel” of Mary – we might have a little. She wasn’t unbreakable – this crucifixion must have broken for some time – but soon she would see him again. The whole thing touches MY core too. Thank you Danelle, and God bless and keep you.

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Lisa Maria March 14, 2012 at 11:08 am

Oh Craig…just beautiful! I agree…Mary WAS the first Christian…really. She adored Him from the moment she conceived Him. For her whole life she knew that He was “destined for the rise and fall of many”. She suffered right alongside Him. I know the bible doesn’t say alot about her…but there is apostolic tradition and the stories of the mystics (which aren’t church-approved). Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of Christ” is partially based on the writings of one such mystic, Anne Catherine Emmerich. Now there’s a movie that touched to the core! (Not endorsing Mel…though he’s just a broken human just like all of us and in need of much prayer in my humble opinion).

Thank you for this lovely meditation… I look forward to the next..

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Craig March 16, 2012 at 7:18 am

Lisa Maria, I still haven’t seen “the passion of the Christ” maybe this Easter will be the first time. And this thought of Mary being the very first Christian – it really did just pop up as I wrote this post – I’m sure we’d get some debate – but I’m with you, for all the reasons you stated, she WAS the first Christian. Thank you for being here, I’m really glad we “bloggy” met. God bless and keep you will!

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Nacole@sixinthesticks March 15, 2012 at 9:59 pm

breathless…to know how she felt…oh i wouldn’t ever want to live that pain. there is so much to be learned from Mary. Catholic or no, *thank you* for writing about this for us. i want to go to this place…Oceanside California, the Mission San Luis Rey de Francia–to touch and be touched.

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Craig March 16, 2012 at 7:20 am

You’re a mama – you know how she felt much better than I do. And in my meditations over the stations of the cross I found many places around the globe that have statues of these stations – I think they’re probably all just about as inspirational. There might actually be one closer to Mississippi – although a California vacation is always tempting. 【◕‿◕】God bless you Nacole.

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