Station Twelve: Jesus Speaks to His Mother and the Disciple
John 19: 25-27
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, 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 into his home.
Lucia Baez Luzondo | Director, Office of Intercultural Ministries
This stunning untitled piece by Turner Prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor of India, beautifully leads us in a profound reflection of the moment where our Lord Jesus Christ, crucified and in the midst of a profound agony for the atonement of our sins and to gain us life eternal, looked upon His mother and said to her “Woman, behold your son” and then said to his disciple, “Behold your mother.” At this very moment, in so doing, our Lord bestowed her upon us as our spiritual Mother.
The piece also reminds us that God created us in his image; and what is an image but a reflection? A reflection of he who is not only loving, but love itself. Thus, we were created for and to love and in so doing we reflect him. Indeed, we were created to become reflections of the love of the Triune God on Earth, each in our God-given vocation in life, whether it be priesthood, religious life, singlehood for the glory of God, or in the vocation of marriage. The facets also remind us of the manifold ways in which our Blessed Mother and her beloved Son love us, with a love that is total, freely given, faithful and fruitful. Finally, the artist tells us that the piece’s surface boasts a triangular patterning or “fractals, wherein multiples are equivalent to the whole.” So too all of us, united we form a whole…the Body of Christ!