Mary at the Cross

According to the book of John, Jesus' mother was said to be at the cross during Jesus' Crucifixion, along with Mary Magdalene, and another Mary. According to John's account, Jesus speaks from the cross and commits his mother to the care of his beloved disciple. He says to John, “Behold your mother,” gesturing at Mary, and then he says to Mary, “Behold your son” (John 2:4).

According to John's account, from that time forward John took Mary to live with him in his own home. According to Church tradition, John moved to Ephesus after the Crucifixion.

At the wedding at Cana, in which Mary asked Jesus to turn water into wine, he states, “Woman, what have I to do with you? My hour has not yet come” (John 2:4). Jesus addresses his mother as “woman.” While many people have viewed this statement as profoundly disrespectful, some recent scholars have suggested that when Jesus called Mary “woman,” he was addressing her as one of his disciples, as opposed to his mother. It would have been an honor to be considered one of Christ's disciples.

This statement seems to connect well with the verses in Acts which mentions that after the Crucifixion, Mary went to the upper room with the disciples to pray. She was present as if she was a disciple — she bore a responsibility to Christ that went beyond her biological connection to him and related directly to the spiritual responsibility she felt to continue to bring his message into the world.

discussion question

If the Virgin Mary had children other than Jesus, why were none of them present at the cross with her?

Although this issue is sometimes debated among Protestants, Roman Catholics, and Eastern Orthodox, Christians have pointed to the Crucifixion passage as evidence that Jesus had no blood siblings, because siblings would have been a more logical choice as guardians of Mary than his disciples.

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