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Jesus meets his mother

Jesus meets his motherLeader: We adore thee, O Christ, and we praise thee.
All:  Because by thy holy cross thou hast redeemed the world.

Reader
“This is the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James and Joset, and Jude and Simon….and his sisters too…  And they would not accept him.”  Mark: 6:3-4

Jesus speaks:
“I am alone now, I am abandoned by all. All.  I am a man alone.  Loneliness is the first thing God named – in the Bible - as not good.  I am always alone.  I have always been alone.  In my inner life I have always been alone.  I am an abandoned man.  Abandoned by family, by Peter, by the twelve, by Judas, by the followers, by the crowds.  Isolated in my baptism, by myself (or at least without human company) in the wilderness.   Isolated by the message I gave. Last night at the supper I gave myself (my body) as a commitment to free everyone from tyrants, and my blood as a covenant with those who are prepared to stand on their own.  They didn’t understand.  Now I am abandoned by all of them with whom I made covenant.  Abandoned by God too.  "My God, my God, why have you also abandoned me’?”

Pause:

Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry his cross