(Jn 18, 1-19, 42)
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother
and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,
and Mary of Magdala.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved
he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”
Then he said to the disciple,
“Behold, your mother.”
And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
After this, aware that everything was now finished,
in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled,
Jesus said, “I thirst.”
There was a vessel filled with common wine.
So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop
and put it up to his mouth.
When Jesus had taken the wine, he said,
“It is finished.”
And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.
Everything started in the Garden. Adam and Eve called it home but was later asked to leave because of disobedience. Now Jesus is in a garden. He is being fetched by a murderous throng because He was obedient to the will of the Father. The script this time is reversed. The redeeming of the original drama that took place in the Garden of Eden is about to unfold. Disobedience is replaced by obedience. Death will be vanquished by the death and resurrection of the Just One of God. What our parents lost in that moment in time will be recovered soon.
It is a pity that the price to be paid will be high, a body will be tortured and broken. Along with it will be the faith of some and the hearts of others. Perhaps it is true that some good things really come with a price. That what is important and valuable needs effort. Jesus took the painful effort to regain what was lost in Paradise. He teaches us that there are things in life that are so important that even at the cost of one’s life, it is still worth it.
Fr. Paulson V. Veliyannoor, CMF.