Saturday, March 10
Scripture for the Day: Romans 16
As Mary stands at the foot of the cross, she is facing every mother’s fear—losing a child. I’m sure she must have thought back to all of the adversity this child had overcome. First of all, he was born in a stable that was probably drafty and most certainly dirty (unsanitary). As she sheds tears of agony she must have thought back to that cold and dark stable in Bethlehem while she held that tiny, helpless baby. She probably sang Him to sleep and kissed his forehead. While He was still an infant, Joseph and Mary fled the area to avoid the assassination plot of Herod. She would never forget the night they fled. And I’m sure the words of Simeon played in her head: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too” (Luke 2 34-35). The Suffering Servant prophecy found in Isaiah 53 must have always troubled her.
All of this was probably more than a mother could stand. But somehow she does. It may have been because John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was standing steady beside her. Jesus, in His last moments remembers His mother and commissions John to take care of her. I wish somehow she had known what His death and Resurrection means to me today. You see, it is because He lives that I can face tomorrow.
Nancy Hyndman, Director of Academic Success
Thank you dear Father, that you sent your son to this world through a humble servant like Mary. We cannot even imagine the maternal pain she must have felt when Jesus died. How amazing that as she watched Jesus die – she was watching life as He took our sins and conquered death and the grave for us! We pray for our family and friends who do not have this hope. May they come to Christ and find life so they too can face tomorrow. Amen