Love had died that day
The world trembled and went dark
The Savior had died
A mother's sadness
Her wounded and broken heart
Still trusted in God
Thanks be to God!!
It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon because of an eclipse of the sun. then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit; and when he had said this he breathed his last. Luke 23: 44-46
Waiting in Darkness
The darkness before Jesus died symbolizes the coming of the day of the Lord...This Iroquois prayer expresses the feeling of that moment:
We wait in the darkness!
Come, all ye who listen,
Help in our night journey;
Now no sun is shining;
Now no star is blowing;
Come show us the pathway;
The night is not friendly;
The moon has forgot us;
We walk in the darkness!
David Schiller, editor, The Little Book of Prayers, p. 322)
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."
(John 18:1-19; 42)None of the other three Gospels mention that any of the family of Jesus--or any of the disciples--were near the cross
But the Gospel of John has two family members there--Jesus' mother and his aunt. We seldom think of his aunt at the cross. She was probably there mostly for her sister, Mary, who she knew was having a hard time.
There they are. His mother, his aunt, the beloved disciple, Mary, the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. Each of them concerned about Jesus and about each other.
At Christmas, we are touched by the crib scene. On Good Friday, we should let ourselves be touched by the cross scene. The wood of the crib has become the wood of the cross.
Put yourself in the scene. Spend some time with the Lord...and with his mother, her sister, Mary Magdalene and the beloved disciple.The Little Black Book