The joys of motherhood
Jesus’ mother Mary can be perceived as an ultimate caregiver. We know of Mary in how we know Jesus, even in the brief glimpses we get to share with her in scripture. So, who was Mary, the mother of Jesus?
Mary was a humble Jewish woman of Nazareth in Galilee. While betrothed to Joseph, the angel Gabriel relayed God’s plan to Mary. Unlike Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:6), Mary receives God’s favor in obedient agreement and would bring the Messiah into the world through a virgin birth.
Her declaration was a joyful one, taking on the full responsibility of protecting and raising her son until He was ready to begin his public ministry. Mary and Joseph would travel to Bethlehem in Judea, where she would give birth to Jesus Christ in a stable with an audience of shepherds, adoring magi, and farm animals. From her womb and into her arms, she held the salvation of humanity, keeping Him safe from the harsh elements and kingly persecution.
After Mary and Joseph took shelter in Egypt from King Herod’s orders, they would return to Nazareth, and then travel to the holy city of Jerusalem for Passover when Jesus was about to enter his teenage years. It was in these formative times that Jesus would begin teaching. As Jesus grew into an adult, Mary would be present for Jesus’ water-to-wine miracle at the Wedding Feast at Cana.
We can almost visualize Mary, like many mothers before and after her, watching her son become who he was meant to be. Through every trial and tribulation that came between their family and the world prior to His public ministry, she would stand by her son’s side no matter what until she no longer could. We can also picture Mary holding Jesus as a protective force against King Herod, a careful child-bearer and nurturer, and a devoted mother to God’s Son.
Even as Jesus would suffer on Mount Calvary, it was Mother Mary who stood at the foot of the cross, lamenting her son’s agony. And though she did not lose--and would never lose--God's Son, she was justified in mourning the loss of her son.