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Care for Mary

John 19:25-27

25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.  26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, "Woman, behold your son!" 27 Then He said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!" And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.

Orthodox Note:

19:25-27 We see here several important truths concerning Christ's mother. (1) In calling Mary "woman" (v.26), Jesus is using a term of dignity and affection.   Contrary to certain modern usages, this is a sacred title in Scripture, and address conveying deep respect and distinction. (2) In saying to John, "Behold, your mother!" (v.27) our Lord symbolically establishes Mary's role as mother of all faithful disciples in every generation.  (3) If Mary had other children, Jesus would not have placed her in the care of John, for her own children would have cared for her.  Thus the apostolic teaching that Mary remained ever-virgin is confirmed by His action. (4) Christ also demonstrates we must "even to our last breath show every care for our parents."  John Chrysostom

(Also it proves Joseph was older and previously married with children from the first marriage, as Jesus's half brothers and sisters were older than he was in bodily form.)


Call No Man Father?

Paul says differently in I Corinthians 4:14-15

Perhaps the most pointed New Testament reference to the theology of the spiritual fatherhood of priests is Paul’s statement, "I do not write this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel." (1 Cor. 4:14–15). 

For there are earthly fathers, spiritual fathers, and The Heavenly Father.  Was Jesus exaggerating?  He was referring to the egotistical attitudes of the Pharisees, who wanted to be known for their wisdom and learning, and did not pay attention to their Heavenly Father. 

Christ used hyperbole often, for example when he declared, "If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell" (Matt. 5:29, cf. 18:9; Mark 9:47). Christ certainly did not intend this to be applied literally, for otherwise all Christians would be blind amputees! (cf. 1 John 1:8; 1 Tim. 1:15). We are all subject to "the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life" (1 John 2:16).






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