Today we are asked to consider what Mary suffered in her role as mother of our Savior.
Jesus, while dying on the cross, looked down; and seeing Mary standing at the side of his disciple John, he said, “Woman, behold, your son.”
It might seem uncaring on the part of Jesus that he should address Mary as “Woman,” rather than as Mother; but he had an excellent reason for using the word “woman” there. He was likening Mary to Eve. He was recalling the words of God to Satan, “I will put enmity between you and the woman."
Jesus had addressed Mary as woman one time before. That was at the marriage feast at Cana when he said, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come?” There, by “his hour” he meant the central hour of his mission: namely, the hour of his death. At Cana Mary had called her Son’s attention to the needs of the wedding couple. In doing that, and in having her request answered, we see Mary in her familiar role as the new Eve, mother of us all, presenting out needs to her Son.
When, from the cross, Jesus called her “Woman” he was recognizing the new Eve. Just as the first Eve had a real share in our downfall, so the new Eve has a real share in saving us.