The Seven Last Words-The Third Word

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing near, 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 to his own home. (John 19: 25b-27)


Even while dying on the cross, Jesus was concerned about his family. He instructed John to care for Mary, Jesus' mother.
Carmen Lomas Garza, Tamalada


Carmen Lomas Garza is a Mexican American artist. She prides herself in painting celebrations of everyday life in the Chicano culture. Here we have a glimpse of a family preparing Tamales-taking care of the family. This also provides an image of the Last Super--finding reflection in the activity of the family.


Faith Ringgold, Church Picnic

Born in Harlem in the 1950's, Faith Ringgold transforms her childhood memories into her art. Here the quilt maker and artist has painted on fabric. She tells the story of a church picnic. Like the story of Lent and Easter it is a story of hope. It is the story of our greater family.

Our families are precious gifts from God, and we should value and care for them under all circumstances. Neither Christian work nor key responsibility in any job or position excuses us from caring for our families. What can you do today to show your love to your family?