And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
Matthew 27: 50
Reading this passage I can’t help but think of Mary the mother of Jesus. She had been there when Jesus had taken his first breath in a borrowed stable. She raised the boy who ran away to the temple. She attended the Wedding at Cana where he first displayed his powers. She must have felt hurt when he started his public career and became increasingly busy and hard to contact. She would have known that he had entered Jerusalem to a crowd cheering ‘Hosanna!’, and that he was sentenced to death by another crowd cheering ‘crucify him!’. She attended his execution, sentenced by her own religious leaders and the occupying army. And Mary was there when Jesus breathed his last.
Of all the people there that day, I suspect Mary’s heart was the heaviest.
Prayer: Loving God be with all those who mourn today. Be with those who are experiencing the shock and disorientation of a recent loss, and with those who carry the long burden of grief. We pray especially for parents who grieve for their children. As a bereaved parent yourself, you more than anyone know what they are going through. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
Action: Take care of yourself and people closest to you.