Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”
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.
There were only women watching him die.
Is this because they had nothing more to lose
that without him they were as good as dead any way
Is this because men can't cry,
which isn't true because I have seen plenty,
or perhaps, because they are men,
they thought they still had much to lose
Is it an icon of sorts, in words,
that only the those on the bottom rung
have heart enough for eyes to see and ears to hear
I don't know.
I do know that the one who knew first,
who first told of new and unexpected life
was throttled with the name 'whore'
was labeled as one possessed with demons
was caged by reputation for eons
the women could only be virgin or whore
not the 'providers' they were
Jesus, our Mother,
who like a hen collects her chicks under her wings
Jesus, like a mother you gather your people to you; •
you are gentle with us as a mother with her children.
Often you weep over our sins and our pride, •
tenderly you draw us from hatred and judgement.
You comfort us in sorrow and bind up our wounds, •
in sickness you nurse us, and with pure milk you feed us.
Jesus, by your dying we are born to new life; •
by your anguish and labour we come forth in joy.
Despair turns to hope through your sweet goodness; •
through your gentleness we find comfort in fear.
Your warmth gives life to the dead, •
your touch makes sinners righteous.
Lord Jesus, in your mercy heal us; •
in your love and tenderness remake us.
In your compassion bring grace and forgiveness, •
for the beauty of heaven may your love prepare us.
Anselm of Canterbury