Jesus and his Mother.
The mother presses it to her breast, and at once her heart's tendrils twine about it. It is a good No mother was ever more to her infant than Mary was to Jesus. I have gathered together various pietà works of art to compare the way they look. Each individual artist shows the relationship between Mary and Jesus. The relationship between Jesus and Mary is one of love, mutual respect, and mutual care. Jesus set us this example to follow. Honor thy father and thy mother.
The similarities outweigh the differences but that's what this exhibit is about, the differences. Jesus' size in comparison to Mary is so off and awkward. For me, it is hard to focus on the fact that Mary is holding her deceased son in her lap like a child instead of the Son of God.
This piece is striking because the way that the light hits Mary's face allows for her tears to reflect off of her. The love is present in the way that she is holding Jesus Christ and caressing the back of his head.
Compared to the last sculpture, Jesus is a man who is resting on his mother's lap. In the composition, the to of them are in central focus drawing the eye right to them.
If you look closely you can see that Jesus and Mary look as if they are making eye contact. Jay Parini says the relationship between Mary and Jesus grew complicated after its serene beginnings, portrayed here as part of a Winterhall Players performance of The Nativity, at All Souls Church in London.
Story highlights Jay Parini: The image of Jesus in arms of his mother, Mary, is central to Christmas story Like many mother-child relationships, Jesus' with his mother grew complicated, he says He says records are scant, but gospels show sometimes testy, sassy exchanges Parini: Jesus, good son, would ultimately ask apostle to care for 'mother of god' when he died No image is more central to the story of Christmas than that of baby Jesus in the arms of his mother, Mary.
It was painted and sculpted over and over again, by such artists as Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. It's a picture of tender mercy and boundless love between a mother and her son. But these first gentle moments even experienced in the humble environs of a manger are perhaps the easiest of any parent-child relationship. The story that would develop for Jesus and his mother, as presented in the gospels, was complicated, and not very unlike what happens in many families: The first scene in the Gospels after the Nativity occurs when Jesus is 12, on the cusp of adolescence.
So, this brief yet intimate glimpse into the hidden teamwork between Jesus and Mary provides a source of fruitful meditation. It continues to be revealed as the passage unfolds. The second part of Jesus' response to Mary was similar to, but the opposite of His response in the Temple at age twelve. In the Temple He had said in effect, "My time has come", but here at Cana He said, "My hour has not yet come", even though he already had a following of disciples Jn 2: Nevertheless, Mary, in her prerogative as mother, continues to lean on her Son to do something.
She believes without wavering that He will help. This latter statement of Mary's was not only an evangelical call to all those being saved and an example of Mary's perfect faith but a further reflection into the intimate relationship between them.
Again, it seems that Mary's action and faith change the mind of God resulting in the first sign of Jesus' public ministry. In this intimate exchange between Mary and Jesus we can see the depth of understanding between the two. The firm authority Mary used in telling the servants to do as Jesus directs is a clear example of her resolute faith and that she was a woman of action.
It also shows that she knew the compassionate heart of her Son, Jesus. I think it is quite incorrect and contrary to the Gospel and Ten Commandments to read in any conflict or strife between Jesus and Mary in this passage. Mary's acts of faith as recorded in the New Testament, such as, in her call to virginity and her belief in the angel's message followed what must have been previously revealed to her by God.
Similarly, at Cana, her act of faith must have followed the inspiration or impulse of the Holy Spirit.
Mary the Mother of Jesus
An interesting comparison can be made between the parents of the bride and groom and Mary at the wedding at Cana. The parents of the daughter gave her to the bridegroom. The parents of the son gave him to the bride. Thus each was able to be united in marriage. Mary gave her Son, Jesus to His bride, the Church. In the Temple, when Jesus was twelve, Mary accepted her responsibility of being mother and brought Him home with her to Nazareth.
At Cana, although retaining her authority as mother, Mary gave Jesus to the world which was waiting in darkness for Him Who is the Light of the world. One other Gospel incident of the relationship between Jesus and Mary, which I have found to be greatly misunderstood, occurs in the three Synoptic Gospels Mk 3: In this scene Jesus is sitting with a group of his disciples. His mother and relatives are waiting outside to speak with Him.
Jesus and Mary: It's complicated
When Jesus is told of this He responds, "Here are my mother and brothers. Anyone who does the will of my Father is my brother, sister and mother. The other side of this misinterpretation is that He saw those with Him as being more important than His mother. Nothing could be further from the truth! Jesus, who is the fulfilment of the Law, could hardly sin against the fourth Commandment to honour your father and mother.
Also, we know something of the depth of relationship between Him and His mother from the events at Cana that would belie any denigration of her. It would seem more reasonable to conclude these relatives pressed Mary to come with them on their ill-conceived mission to take charge of Jesus.
The passage about the relatives thinking Jesus was crazy is excluded from Matthew and Luke thus clearing some of the confusion about Mary's role there. These latter two evangelists, also, generally give us a fuller development of Mary's role in the Gospel. What Jesus, in fact, did, when He compared the disciples to His mother, was to elevate those who do the will of the Father to the status of brother, sister and even mother. The presence of His mother gave Jesus an opportunity to teach this wonderful truth to His disciples.
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Another similar incident occurs in Luke Yes, Mary was blessed to conceive and bear Jesus but she is more blessed to have conceived Him spiritually, that is, "still happier are those who hear the Word of God and keep it Lk Since Mary followed the will of the Father in keeping the Word of God in her heart she is an example for all believing Christians to meditate on the Gospels.
The Gospel does not say what Jesus did after He made the statement about those who do the will of the Father being brother, sister and mother to Him. Did He ignore His mother and relatives and go on teaching, or after making use of this teachable moment did He go to them?
Knowing a little bit of the relationship between Him and Mary and Jesus' own graciousness, what do you think He did?