Daily Devotion – March 31, 2018


Mark 15:40-41

There were also women looking on from a distance; among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. These used to follow him and provided for him when he was in Galilee; and there were many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem.


Reflection by Ellen Green

Here is the crucified Jesus, seen through the eyes of those who loved him. These are the disciples who not only admired Jesus but also provided for his human needs. In practical and unglamorous ways, the women at the cross had harbored, nourished, and nursed this man, keeping body and soul together.

Parents and other caregivers know the intimacy and risk involved in caring about another body as it moves through the world. There’s a gut feeling of protectiveness, and secondhand pain when the one you love is hurt. We can imagine what it felt like for the women at the cross to witness that body tortured.

Central to the Christian story is a body in pain. A Divine spark, enfleshed. A tender body, subjected to brutality and public humiliation. God is in those whom we despise and dispose of. God, the Creator and Sustainer, calls them beloved. And God, witnessing our brokenness, breathes life back into the world.



May we look on one another with tenderness today. When precious bodies suffer, may we weep with God and the women at the cross. Then, let us witness newness of life and nurture it to wholeness. Amen.


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