Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Look at this fresco from St. George’s Church, Maqaba, Jordan. Where does you eye first travel? Now look deeper. Notice the various figures, their postures, their facial expressions. What is your overall sense of this image?
Reflect. At the cross, Jesus gave his mother to be mother to his beloved disciple John, and gave John to his mother as her son. At that moment a new family came into being. A family that could support one another, love one another, help one another get through the very difficult days that lie ahead. Consider the importance of family in your own life, knowing perhaps that this goes beyond your biological family, and encompasses others in your larger community. What persons do you think of when you think of the concept of family for yourself?
Act. Turn your attention today to a family member who needs you, whether related biologically or not. For support, consolation, encouragement. Know that as Jesus’ death on the cross led to the creation of a new family, so can it do for us. How will you enable that to happen?
Thanks for taking part in New and Contrite Hearts. Your comments are very welcome—let others know what you saw and experienced. Until next time, may you have a most blessed Lent.
Music: “Ambient Sonata” /Album: Ambient Sonata /Artist: Dee Yan-Key
Image: “Crucifixion Fresco” /Place: St. George’s Church, Maqaba, Jordan /Photographer: Jon Shematek