In the Gospel of John, Chapter 19, verses 26 & 27, we read:
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, â€œWoman, behold, your son!â€
Then he said to the disciple, â€œBehold, your mother!â€ And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.
Many commentators have talked about this as an adoption. While not exactly an adoption in the legal sense we have in our own times â€“ this is certainly a very beautiful picture of Jesus (while on the cross!) forming family relationships and showing that his understanding of family is not about â€œflesh and bloodâ€ but upon the Spirit.
This coming week we have Palm Sunday, Good Friday and we celebrate our Lordâ€™s resurrection on Easter. As followerâ€™s of Christ we have the opportunity to reflect upon Christâ€™s triumphal entry to Jerusalem, his fulfillment of prophecy, the Last Supper, praying in Gethsemane, his Passion, his death, burial and his resurrection â€“ all in a short span of time. Our agency office is closed on Good Friday to give our staff an opportunity to use that time for reflection upon Christâ€™s sacrifice for us.
This coming week Iâ€™m going to London with my wife to attend an event on behalf of Legatum Institute. Legatum has partnered on projects that America Worldâ€™s Orphanâ€™s Ticket Home Campaign has helped support. The event is promoting the need for projects to focus on permanent families for orphans. I am glad that the event is highlighting the needs in Rwanda, El Salvador & Honduras (among other countries). For those of you whoâ€™ve helped support OTHâ€™s projects in Rwanda and El Salvador, weâ€™re glad to report that this work is getting more publicity and will be promoted through short videos and among a philanthropic network of potential donors.