Journey to the Cross–April 1

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home. (Jn. 19:26-27, NRSV)

If Jesus asked you to take His widowed mother into your home, what would you say? Well, of course you’d say yes, right? But the truth is, Jesus is asking you—He’s asking all of us—to take care of lonely, vulnerable people around us, people who are so precious to Him. He says in Matthew 25:40, “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

Who do you suppose Jesus’ heart is aching for right now? If He were to ask you to reach out to someone He loves, who might that be? If you dare, ask Him to bring their faces into your mind’s eye. As He does, pray for them. And as you are willing, ask Him how you can love them in His name. Then, with the help of the Holy Spirit, take steps toward doing it.

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