“When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, ‘Woman, behold your son!’ Then He said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother!’ From that hour the disciple took her into his own household.” (John 19:26-27)
How amazing that even from the cross, in the midst of unimaginable pain, Jesus would be thinking of others at all. And yet, typically of Him, He was. Hanging on the cross He sought to fulfill the 5th Commandment, “Honor your father and mother” by arranging care for His mother, Mary, with His beloved disciple.
How many of us, in a similar situation, would not be totally engulfed in our own pain & suffering, unable even to think of what might happen to someone else? Surely a bit of self-absorption would be totally understandable here, one would imagine! And yet even at the cross, even at the absolute worst, Jesus demonstrated an amazing selflessness.
The thing is, we are not merely to stand and marvel at Jesus’ selfless actions. We have actually been called to “follow in His steps” (I Peter 2:21). God help us to remember that it is not all about us. Help us to think of others, not ourselves, even, like Jesus, in the midst of our own most agonizing problems and pains.