Jesus’ mother and aunt were amongst the crowd watching him suffer. For Mary, that Friday brought a Mother’s worse nightmare – the loss of her child.  Just as every birth happens in the context of a family, so every death affects far more than just the person who dies; family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.

The loss of a family member changes everything. In the middle of his darkest hour, Jesus saw how his death was going to leave his mother and his friends bereft.  So he welded them together into a new family.

We can’t avoid loss.  It’s a huge part of family life.  But we can open our families to include those who have lost the people closest to them – parents, children, lovers and friends.

John 19: 25-27

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, 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.

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