This morning a visiting preacher (whose name escapes me) came to Hardwick and preached on this passage:
When Jesus 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!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.
The preacher noted that Jesus, whilst facing the unmeasurable pain of separation from his Father, was still caring for his mother.
We often complain we are too busy to care for those in the Church, even our families. Yet this is not a Christian attitude. John would have had plenty to do (being an apostle) without caring for an elderly woman. Yet “from that hour” he cared for her.
Do we assume we’re too busy doing “spiritual” things to care for our families and the Church? We’ve got it wrong. Jesus was paying the price for our sins, yet still found time to care.
We need to find it too.
So today take that time to talk to the lonely member of the church, invite the new person for dinner or send that encouraging email. We must always have time to love other people.
Yet also how great is Christ that he never was too busy to care. And he will not be too busy now if you need him to help you, especially to help you with your greatest need, separation from God.